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Lobbying for #ZeroDebt -February 2019

Lobbying for #ZeroDebt -February 2019

  Along with some of our dedicated students and some coalition partners, we headed to the State House to talk to legislators about student debt and advocate for the creation of a #ZeroDebt higher education system. We are happy to report that over 60 State Reps...

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BUnited Conference-February 2019

BUnited Conference-February 2019

  On Sunday February 17th our Organizing Manager, Matt Frentz, had the opportunity to attend and speak to students at the annual BUnited Student Diversity Conference. This was a chance to educate more college students on our nation’s student debt crisis, as well...

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Campus Update-February-2019

Campus Update-February-2019

  As the semester grinds on, so do we! February might be the shortest month of the year, but it was certainly action packed. We attended a protest at UMass-Boston in opposition to the increased parking fees. Increased fees for students means more loans taken out....

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Massachusetts’ Largest Need-Based Grant is So Small

A closer look at the MASSGrant Click to download this issue paper Executive Summary: Massachusetts has a complex higher education financial aid system offering a wide range of grants and tuition waivers that are difficult for students and families to navigate. While...

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State and National Higher Ed Policy Updates — February 2019

Massachusetts Updates: Why we need a Student Loan Bill of Rights in Massachusetts A new report by the Education Department’s Inspector General (IG), shows an alarming picture of the government systematically failing to oversee student loan servicing agencies. These...

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Balance is Hard to Find

Balance is Hard to Find

  by Jordan Woodside My name is Jordan. I am a college student in Massachusetts and I come from Delaware. Since I was a child living in a rough home environment, it had been my dream to go away to a university far from home. In Delaware, I was an honor roll...

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Campus Update-January 2019

Campus Update-January 2019

It might be cold outside, but 2019 is off to a hot start for our campus team! We are moving forward with much of the same work that we were doing in the fall, and we are looking to expand our reach as well. We don’t technically have a New Year’s resolution, but we...

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Proposed Stress Tests for Private Colleges

Proposed Stress Tests for Private Colleges

  For Immediate Release January 22, 2019 Contact: Steve Crawford, Crawford Strategies, 857–753–4132, steve@crawfordstrategies.com Testimony of Bob Hildreth to the Massachusetts Board of Education Regarding Proposed Stress Tests for Private Colleges Framingham,...

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Massachusetts’ Disinvestment in Higher Education

A Closer Look at State Aid, Tuition Rates, and Student Debt Click to download this issue paper Executive Summary: Massachusetts has experienced deep cuts in higher education funding in the last two decades. This has resulted in significant tuition increases and one of...

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