Senator Warner discusses bipartisan proposals, President Trump and the Russians
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Senator Warner discusses bipartisan proposals, President Trump and the Russians

by Malik Glaspie & Omar Ross On Monday, April 3, the Spartan Echo spoke with Senator Warner (D-VA) via telephone conference to discuss issues in education as well as foreign relations. Sen. Warner was elected to the U.S. Senate by Virginia voters in Nov. 2008 and re-elected to a second term in 2014. The Senator … Continue reading

Campus Life / Education

GAO: About $108 billion in student loan debt to be forgiven

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is expected to forgive at least $108 billion in student loan debt as part of popular plans that tie repayment to borrowers’ earnings, congressional investigators said Wednesday. The Government Accountability Office reviewed income-driven repayment plans the government offers to students struggling to pay back federal student loans. The report, … Continue reading

Acting Secretary of Education King discusses college access, student loans, and repayment plans
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Acting Secretary of Education King discusses college access, student loans, and repayment plans

by Tiana K. Allen On March 18, Acting Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. spoke with the Spartan Echo regarding the Obama Administration’s efforts and plans to guide students to graduation. He touched on school affordability, student loans, and repayment plans. Recently, King has been reaching out to students through the Department of Education’s … Continue reading

Business / Campus Life / Education / Virginia

Warner, Kaine claim breakthrough on student loan program

U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine (both D-VA) welcomed legislation that passed the Senate this afternoon, Dec. 16, 2015, to renew the Federal Perkins Loan Program, a critical lifeline for 7,800 low-income college students in Virginia. Though the program had the support of a bipartisan majority of Senators, including Sens. Warner and Kaine, … Continue reading

Education / National

Quarterly Student Aid Report: two-thirds of freshmen FAFSA applicants list only one college on their applications

A troubling two-thirds of freshmen students filling out an original Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) designate only a single school to send their financial aid application information, indicating that they were only applying for admission to one school. In new quarterly updates posted on the Education Department’s Federal Student Aid Data Center, 68 … Continue reading

Dept. of Education announces new regulations to protect students and help borrowers
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Dept. of Education announces new regulations to protect students and help borrowers

The Department of Education announced today, Oct. 27, the publication of two regulatory packages that will protect students in the rapidly-expanding college debit and prepaid card marketplace and add a new income-based repayment plan so more borrowers can limit the amount of their payments to 10 percent of their income. “Since day one, protecting students and … Continue reading

Editorial: Sen. Warner praises administration’s effort to strengthen student loan system
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Editorial: Sen. Warner praises administration’s effort to strengthen student loan system

(This editorial is published by the Spartan Echo from a United States Senate press release.) Proposals will improve student protections and ensure efficiency among federal agencies WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA), who has been a leader in several bipartisan Congressional efforts to help borrowers better manage their student loan debt, released the … Continue reading