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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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Five student discounts to prevent breaking the bank

It’s no secret that a college education is expensive — the University of Oregon estimates the one-year cost for an out of state resident to be $49,392. The idea is that students will earn that money back through the jobs they acquire after college, but the financial road through higher …

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A six percent tuition increase may be a big problem for students

Liz Avalos’@@[email protected]@ voice began to tremble when she testified to the Oregon University System about its proposed six percent tuition increase for next year. She broke down in tears when she spoke of her parents’ struggle to keep up with the rising costs and her fear that her younger brother would …

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OUS plans to raise tuition by six percent

Students gathered in the EMU board room on Friday morning to testify against the Oregon University System’s six percent tuition increase. Over the past ten years, annual increases to tuition have caused the cost of attending the University of Oregon to double in the last decade, and the rising costs …

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Bill for tuition freezes heard in legislature, likely to pass Higher Education Committee

Tuition freezes for incoming undergraduates in Oregon universities could be one step closer to reality if House Bill 3472,@@checked [email protected]@ heard in the Oregon Legislature this week, is passed. The bill, which would begin a study on the plausibility of tuition freezes in the Oregon University System, had its public hearing …

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Next year’s loans could cost students an extra $5,000

Taking out loans next year may cost students an additional $5,000 as interest rates are scheduled to double, according to reports by the Associated Press and Huffington Post. Starting July 1, interest rates for subsidized Stafford loans are scheduled to rise from the current 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent if …

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Top 5: News from around Eugene and Oregon on Dec. 1 and 2

Springfield man accused of stabbing brother A 25-year-old Springfield man was taken into custody after he allegedly stabbed his brother outside their apartment complex on Saturday night. Police responded to the call at approximately 8 p.m. after Dominic Ramirez chased his brother, Daniel Ramirez, and mother, Deanna Ramirez, out of …

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Average UO student debt at $22,726, new report shows

The Project of Student Debt has announced that the average student debt for a 2011 college graduate has reached $26,000. The University of Oregon’s 2011 average is lower than the national, at $22,726. In 2010, the UO’s average was $20,928. Fifty-three percent of the UO’s 2011 graduates graduated with some sort of …

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Rally against rising tuition costs, featuring U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, draws a diverse crowd

The first rally against tuition increases of the 2012-13 school year drew a modest but enthusiastic crowd.

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Student loan debt will not double on July 1

The United States House of Representatives passed a bill Friday that will extend the current interest rate of federally subsidized loans (3.4 percent) beyond when it was set to expire on July 1. According to Associated Press reporting, congressional groups agreed to a deal earlier this week for a $6 …

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Letter: Opportunities for students to get involved in higher education issues

Whether we have five minutes per year or five hours per week to spend helping to address the problem, there are ways we can all make a difference.

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Interest rate on student loans could double, lose six-month grace period

More than $1 trillion. That’s the outstanding balance owed in U.S. student loans this year. Now the interest rate on some loans is set to double if congress doesn’t pass legislation.

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ASUO Vice President Katie Taylor, LCC student body president arrested in D.C. protest

Students from across the country gathered in the nations capitol Monday to protest student debt crisis leading to the arrest of 36 student leaders, including ASUO VIce President Katie Taylor and ASLCC President Mario Parker-Milligan.

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Cost-cutting measures may not be best for money-conscious students

At a time when there is nearly $1 trillion in national student debt and tuition rates continue to rise, students are looking for ways to cut costs and avoid taking out too many student loans. And although there are many ways for students to approach this issue, some researchers say that engaging in these types of cost saving behaviors — either out of necessity or by choice — may be counterproductive and actually inhibit students from obtaining a college degree.

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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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