student loans http://www.kplu.org en Student loans can dent retirees' Social Security http://www.kplu.org/post/student-loans-can-dent-retirees-social-security Families often pull together to help finance a college education, with parents and grandparents chipping in or co-signing loans. And now, <a href="http://www.smartmoney.com/borrow/student-loans/grandmas-new-financial-problem-college-debt-1344292084111/">a SmartMoney report</a> finds the U.S. government withholding money from Social Security recipients who've stopped paying on federal student loans.<p>And it's an increasingly common event, as AnnaMaria Andriotis, a senior writer at SmartMoney, tells <em>Morning Edition</em> co-host Renee Montagne. Fri, 17 Aug 2012 13:33:29 +0000 6006 at http://www.kplu.org Student Loan Deal Pales Against Other Education Cuts http://www.kplu.org/post/student-loan-deal-pales-against-other-education-cuts It came down to the wire, but finally, Republicans and Democrats agreed on a deal that keeps the interest rate on government-backed student loans from doubling. It will save the average borrower about $1,000 a year, but the compromise is likely to cost students a lot more than that over the long term.<p>The agreement that lawmakers passed Friday will keep interest rates at 3.4 percent for another year. Sun, 01 Jul 2012 08:35:34 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 5457 at http://www.kplu.org Student Loan Deal Pales Against Other Education Cuts Congress Taking Student Loans, Highway Bill To Wire http://www.kplu.org/post/congress-taking-student-loans-highway-bill-wire Congressional leaders on Tuesday said they were close to a deal to solve two big issues facing lawmakers — student loan interest rates and federal highway funding.<p>Both issues with looming deadlines have high stakes for middle-income Americans: If Congress fails to reach agreements by this weekend, the federal highway program would come to a halt, and student loan interest rates would double, to 6.8 percent.<p><strong>Student Loans</strong><p>President Obama has been hammering on the issue of student loans for days.<p>"This issue didn't come out of nowhere; it's been looming for months," Oba Wed, 27 Jun 2012 00:30:11 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 5408 at http://www.kplu.org Congress Taking Student Loans, Highway Bill To Wire Facing down the specter of student loans http://www.kplu.org/post/facing-down-specter-student-loans <p>Total student loan debt in the United States has reached the <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/04/24/151305380/student-loan-debt-exceeds-one-trillion-dollars">$1 trillion mark</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>Thanks to the down economy, many of the students graduating from college this spring are worried about how they&#39;re going to make their loan payments.</p><p>On this week&#39;s <em>Money Matters</em>, financial commentator Greg Heberlein tells KPLU&#39;s Dave Meyer there are a few ways to ease the burden.</p><p> Tue, 22 May 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Dave Meyer 5054 at http://www.kplu.org Facing down the specter of student loans Latest numbers reveal Washington college students not spared from grim outlook http://www.kplu.org/post/latest-numbers-reveal-washington-college-students-not-spared-grim-outlook <p>The dark clouds looming over higher education in the nation and Washington may have a silver lining, but so far it&rsquo;s been hard to find and the recent spate of news has been pretty bad for college students.</p><p>We&#39;d love to hear your thoughts on building in a silver lining, but first the details.</p><p> Tue, 08 May 2012 23:13:00 +0000 Evan Hoover & Jake Ellison 4854 at http://www.kplu.org Latest numbers reveal Washington college students not spared from grim outlook