College debt

College debt and the cost of higher education are major issues of the 2020 presidential primary. Democratic candidates, and President Trump, have announced a variety of plans, such as free public college or student loan forgiveness. We look at the proposals, and the role of higher education issues in this election. 

Original air date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019. 

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A new law enacted on Monday approved The New Hampshire College Graduate Retention Incentive Partnership, a program designed to encourage recent college graduates to stay in the state after they receive their degrees. 

 

According to a survey of nearly 1,500 UNH graduates in the Class of 2018, nearly half had decided to leave New Hampshire after college for work.

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Southern New Hampshire University is working with Walmart to offer employees a pathway to debt-free college. On Tuesday, the company announced its expansion of Live Better U. The program, which launched one year ago, now include degrees in computer science, cybersecurity and IT.

 

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For many families, paying for college can be an overwhelming proposition, including not just the cost of tuition - but also books, housing, and food.

Submit Your Questions About Paying For College

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On Wednesday, January 23rd, The Exchange is looking at paying for college. As application deadlines loom and students begin to hear back from schools, what do you, as a student, parent, or educator, want to know about payment options and affordability?

We'll have the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation (NHHEAF) and a high school guidance counselor in studio for this discussion. Submit your questions below, and tune in at 9 a.m. on Wednesday. 

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New Hampshire students who attended certain for-profit schools and online courses will get nearly $5 million in debt relief.

The Attorney General's office announced that New Hampshire is among 47 states included in the settlement involving Illinois-based Career Education Corp. CEC, a for-profit education company that operated schools nationwide, is required under the settlement to reform its recruiting and enrollment practices and to forgo collecting about $493.7 million in debts owed by 179,529 students nationally.

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The University System of New Hampshire is expanding a program offering four years of free tuition to in-state students who qualify for federal Pell grants.

The program, known as "Granite Guarantee," began last year at the University of New Hampshire.  It'll now expand to cover Keene State College and Plymouth State University. Those schools will begin covering tuition for first-year students enrolling next fall.

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According to a report from the Project on Student Debt in 2016, New Hampshire college students graduate with the highest debt in the nation, at $36,101. As college tuition prices continue to rise, those in Washington look to reform the college loan system, including consolidating federal loans into management by one company. We'll discuss how this might impact our students in New Hampshire, and other issues related to affording college. 


Going to College Without Going Deep Into Debt

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As the annual trek back to campus begins, we examine the options available to cover those hefty tuition bills, including new types of loans, grants and new tools for repayment.  We discuss how families navigate the landscape of funding options and government forms.  And we take a look at whether families are having that kitchen-table conversation about the high cost of higher education earlier in the college search process.


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College Scorecard (9:00):

Two years ago, President Obama announced plans for rating colleges and universities, so students would know whether they were getting a good value.  Now, the administration has released its College Scorecard, and students and families are deciding how best to use it.

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Bernie Sanders took his campaign for the Democratic nomination for President to the University of New Hampshire Sunday evening for the first time this primary season. The result: a big, enthusiastic crowd.

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Plymouth State University’s new president has been on the job for a few weeks now, after officially taking over last month.

Donald Birx comes to higher education in the Granite State at a time when college affordability is a hot topic on the New Hampshire primary campaign trail.

He joined NHPR’s morning Edition.

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 New Hampshire Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen is teaming up with Utah Republican Sen. Orin Hatch to introduce legislation that would hold colleges more accountable for "overwhelming" student debt.

If the bipartisan proposal passes, colleges with repayment rates that are more than 10 percent below the national average over a three-year period would lose their eligibility to participate in the federal student loan system.