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Campus Update-September-2018

Campus Update-September-2018

  What. A. Month. Classes have begun and we are in full swing with our campus teams. Two leaders, Samantha Higgins from Suffolk and Sam Szemerenyi from BC, joined our team to lead the #ZeroDebt efforts on their respective campuses. Here is an introduction to each...

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Statement on Proposed Endowment Tax

The idea of the Endowment Tax proposed by Jay Gonzalez, candidate for Governor, claims a right to make private institutions support public institutions. Some historical background could prove useful. The tax would actually be a reversal from when public money went to...

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Colleges Should Pick Students Over Stone

By Bob Hildreth This article was first published by Banker and Tradesman on Sep 9, 2018 Any top university will tell you that the easiest way to raise money is by naming buildings after big donors. But in today’s world of suffocating student debt, what we really need...

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A Weight on Our Shoulders

By Sam Szemerenyi I’m an economics major. I work with numbers and trends every day, and the college debt crisis will not have a happy ending for many. Tuition is rising at a much faster rate than inflation and financial aid grants are. The cost of a degree is...

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In the Field-August 2018

In the Field-August 2018

By Matt Frentz On the first of this month we got to share our #ZeroDebt message with a fantastic group of young people from the Forest Foundation, all of whom dedicated their summers working for Boston-based nonprofits. Not only did Bob get a chance to engage these...

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Campus Update-August 2018

Campus Update-August 2018

  Bu Matt Frentz August was a busy month for our campus team! Our leaders participated in protests, collected hundreds of petition signatures, and spent the final weeks of summer preparing to launch their #ZeroDebt campaigns on their respective campuses. As we...

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State and National Higher Ed Policy Updates — August 2018

State and National Higher Ed Policy Updates — August 2018

  Massachusetts Updates: As colleges gear up for their fall semesters, we saw an uptick in August coverage on college rankings. A dozen schools in Massachusetts claimed spots in Forbes top 100 rankings and UMass Amherst dining services was named the country’s...

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Our Statement on Resignation of Student Loan Watchdog

Our Statement on Resignation of Student Loan Watchdog

  by Bahar Akman Imboden The resignation of Seth Frotman as Student Loan Ombudsman from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) should be a wake up call for all. In a powerful letter, Frotman accuses the bureau and Trump/DeVos administration for turning...

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