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Struggling with student loans? Virginia has a new way to help

WASHINGTON — Virginians struggling with student loan debt have a new place to turn for help.

Scott Kemp is the state’s first student loan advocate.

He works within the Office of the Qualified Education Loan Ombudsman, which was established by The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) at the direction of a law passed last year in the General Assembly.

Kemp’s primary focus is to assist borrowers.

Americans in these cities having hardest time repaying student loan debt

Mounting student loan debt is a serious challenge for many Americans – and individuals in some areas of the country are having a harder time repaying that debt Opens a New Window. .

Outstanding student loan debt surpassed $1.5 trillion in 2018 – second only to mortgage debt – doubling over the past decade.

Hampshire College's state of flux concerns Amherst town manager

AMHERST - Town Manager Paul Bockelman is concerned about Hampshire College's uncertain future - and not just because he is an alumnus.

In his most recent report to the Town Council, a document that routinely discusses myriad issues in the community, Bockelman included a statement about Hampshire, which recently announced it would not accept student applicants for the coming fall semester.

"With 648 acres of land, Hampshire is a major landholder in the Town and with approximately 400 full-time and 50 part-time employees, one of our largest employers," Bockelman wrote.

14 Tuition-Free Colleges

Some schools don't charge tuition.

Want to go to college but wish you could avoid tuition? It's possible. Schools throughout the country offer free tuition to admitted students. But read the fine print. Students may have to hail from a certain state or region or come from a low-income background. Some schools require on-campus work or service after graduation.

Updated on Sept. 10, 2018: This list has been updated to reflect information for the 2018-2019 school year.

Colby graduate donates $2.5 million for student aid to Maine students - CentralMaine.com

WATERVILLE — A graduate of Colby College has given the school $2.5 million, which will be dedicated entirely to financial aid for Maine students.

In a news release from Colby, the college announced that Steve Ford, who graduated from the college in 1968 and is a native of Gardiner, has committed to providing the support for Maine students at Colby, where he received financial aid and has family ties.

Financial aid for ‘dreamers’ becomes a reality in Connecticut

The Connecticut House of Representatives gave final passage Wednesday night to legislation that opens financial aid in the state to “dreamers,” the undocumented immigrants brought here as children, only to find themselves priced out of higher education as they come of age.

18 Schools That Meet Full Financial Need With No Loans

A few colleges and universities help students avoid crippling debt by offering generous financial aid packages.

When it comes to debt, last year's college grads who borrowed student loans took on nearly $30,000 in loans to pay for their education, according to data reported to U.S. News in an annual survey. For that reason, college affordability is a top concern among many prospective students.

Clarifying Financial Aid Amherst College

 As Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Katie Fretwell ’81 can attest, discussions about how much prospective students and/or their families can expect to pay for an Amherst education can often be confusing, complicated and emotional for the uninitiated. Today, those conversations may get a little bit easier.

Cuomo’s free tuition program comes with a major catch

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s much-heralded new program for free tuition at state colleges comes with a huge catch: You have to sign years of your life away to get it.

Under a provision that was added to the tuition bill at the last moment, students who get a free ride at CUNY and SUNY schools must live and work in New York state for up to four years after graduation, or be forced to pay the money back.

The amendment — which was not part of

Cuomo’s original offer of free college for middle-class students — was added at the insistence of Republicans in the state Senate.

D.C. residents could have student debt forgiven under council proposal

 The nation’s capital is one of the most educated but also most indebted regions of the country, with one in five residents shouldering student loans. That debt load is an added burden for residents already struggling with the city’s high cost of living. New legislation seeks to ease the strain.

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– Earl Wilson
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– Robert Reich
"There is scarcely anything that drags a person down like debt."
– P. T. Barnum