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An expensive future: loan debt continues to grow for students

University of Oregon alumna Madison Simmons doesn’t look at her debt total when she makes her monthly student loan payment. She says the number is depressing. “I’m just factoring these loans in as a fixed expense for my foreseeable future,” Simmons said. The words “I’m going to graduate with no …

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Bill introduced by Congressman DeFazio could change college debt repayment

Peter DeFazio, the United States House Representative for Eugene’s district and a University of Oregon alum, has proposed legislation that would change college debt repayment and financial aid. Congressman DeFazio’s bill, the Helping Improve Grants for Higher Education & Repayment of Expensive Debt Act, or more commonly called the Higher …

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Student jobs on campus plan to expand and look for additional employees

As the University of Oregon continues to grow in both population and programs, it will rely heavily on its student infrastructure. According to UO Human Resource Data and Compliance Coordinator Kerry Davis, that means more student jobs. About 3,600 students worked on campus in 2012 — an increase from the …

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New changes await for nontraditional households in FAFSA application

The Free Application for Federal Student [email protected]@links [email protected]@is not known for its simplicity. Filling it out involves weeding through pages and pages of a complicated financial questionnaires, including estimating parental income to generate an “expected family contribution” for college expense, which in turn determines federal aid allotment.  Things get even more …

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University students have less debt than other Oregon schools, but numbers are still high

The good news is students at the University graduate with less debt than other students in Oregon’s four-year public universities. The bad news is the average University student still graduates with almost $21,000 in debt.

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Funding for graduate education slashed in new debt deal

Federally subsidized loans for graduate and professional students will be eliminated next year, as specified in the recently passed Budget Control Act.

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Leaders debate an end to college loan subsidies

A proposal to cut federally subsidized loans to college students is considered as an option to cut the national deficit.

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