from The Great Debate:

To keep grads solvent, take the middleman out of student loans

July 31, 2014

Occupy Wall Street demonstrators participating in a street-theater production wear signs around their neck representing their student debt during a protest against the rising national student debt in Union Square, in New York

The mounting student debt crisis could cause serious economic damage to the United States. Rising college costs and declining financial aid at both state and federal levels have significantly contributed to the problem. A good deal of responsibility, however, belongs to the financial institutions that service federal student loans, according to a new report.

from The Great Debate:

Obama’s Plan: One Nation, Under Government

July 25, 2013

You’ve probably read that the series of speeches President Barack Obama started giving Wednesday are a “pivot” to the economy designed to rev things up. Well, they’re not. Obama’s speeches will be no less than the manifesto of a leftist president who plans to spend his remaining time in office installing as much of his big government “project” as possible by whatever means he can get away with.

from Gregg Easterbrook:

So long and thanks for all the fish

December 28, 2011

Pundits, columnists and editorialists are good at saying who and what they don’t like. But what is it that they do like? All opinion-makers should be required to pen regular accounts of who and what they admire. As my two-year stint as a Reuters weekly columnist concludes – you’re not out of the woods, I may pop up occasionally – let me offer an incomplete accounting of ideas, organizations and people I view as worthy of praise:

from The Great Debate:

Occupy Student Debt’s failure to launch

December 16, 2011
By Chadwick Matlin
The views expressed are his own.
Over the past three months, as Occupy Wall Street has pitched a tent in the American consciousness, doubters have had the same refrain: “But what do they want?” Mothers, uncles, family friends, family of friends, they’ve all asked me—their token 20-something—some version of this. They argued that a movement was not a movement just because it wanted to move somewhere. It also needed to know exactly how it was going to get there. Apparently, all revolutions must now come with a built-in GPS.

A month ago, Occupy Wall Street made a demand. Or, as is the way in the nested hierarchy of OWS, a subcommittee of a committee of the movement made a demand.  They want all student debt in the country forgiven. All $1 trillion of it. And if the government would be so kind, they’d appreciate if it would pay for higher education from here on out, as well.

from Reuters Money:

Is college worth it?

September 15, 2011

For recent grads like Peter Turchan, college led to some soul-searching about whether the experience was worth the whopping price tag.

from Reuters Money:

Families taking bottom-line approach to college: Sallie Mae

August 23, 2011

You'd have no reason to think that Terry and Laura Truax of Chicago are in any way atypical college parents. Their son Sumner, 22, attends Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, where he's double majoring in saxophone performance and music education.

from Reuters Money:

Six-figure student loans? Credit medicine for MDs

July 12, 2011

By year's end, Stephanie Bourque will owe approximately $165,000 in federal student loans. It's an especially daunting debt load for the first-year University of Colorado pediatric resident whose annual income will likely fall between $40,000 and $50,000 during her three-year residency.

from Reuters Money:

College students still denied federal funding: report

May 4, 2011

As more American students turn to community colleges in order to avoid steep tuition costs, students are still facing a lack of funding through the federal loans program.

from Reuters Money:

Paying for college when the freshman is 40

April 29, 2011

Graduates celebrate receiving a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University during the year's commencement ceremony in New York in this May 18, 2005 file photo. REUTERS/Chip East/FilesA tough job market and majors shifts in where the jobs are has been sending adults back to campus, some for the first time.

from Reuters Money:

Cut your tax bill now with five big deductions

March 21, 2011

Sheila Bradley speaks with a client regarding 2010 taxes in Tax Tyme Connection's office, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, February 15, 2011.  REUTERS/Jill KitchenerThis defies the conventional wisdom, but some tax preparation is easy and actually makes sense -- if anything can in the murky U.S. tax code.