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Obama Wants to Give You Two Years of Community College On the House

The President annnounced his new proposal to help students pay for college.

The tab on our national student loan debt runs at $1.2 trillion. It’s hard to even conceptualize how much money that is. But if anything symbolizes how irreparably broken our educational system is, it’s that amount: $1.2 trillion. U.S. leaders will be dealing with this problem for at least a couple generations but President Obama has just announced a proposal that might be the first step towards a solution: making the first two years of community college free. President Obama made the announcement via a video posted to his Facebook page on Thursday.

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Debt and No Job Prospects: The Onion Satirizes the College Grad Experience

A 2007 University of Miami alumnus still loves the school that left him unprepared for the job market and in debt.

Leave it to the Onion to expertly satirize the modern college graduate experience: boatloads of debt and no solid job prospects. In this "Special Update" we meet 27-year-old Mark Felder, a 2007 University of Miami alumnus with a bachelor’s degree in communications and a "strong affection for the academic institution that left him totally unprepared for the job market and floundering in $50,000 in debt."

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When it Comes to College Costs, More Grandparents Are Chipping In

Forget sending $20 for instant ramen. Today's grandparents are ponying up for big tuition bills.

It looks like the days of grandma mailing a $20 bill once a semester so you have some extra ramen noodle money could soon be over. According to a recent survey from MetLife, nearly a third of grandparents are chipping in to help pay those soaring college tuition bills.

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Have Student Loans? Move to Niagara Falls and They'll Help Pay

With an aging population, the city is luring new college grads by promising to pay up to $7,000 of their student loans.

Niagara Falls attracts over eight million visitors every year, but if a scheme by the city of Niagara Falls, New York, works out, the area could become a magnet for more than tourists. According to The Buffalo News, the city recently announced plans to pay up to $3,500 per year of the student loans of recent graduates of both two and four-year degree programs if they commit to living in a specific neighborhood a few blocks from the falls.

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American Students Need to Copy Canada's Tuition Protests

Quebec's $325 per year college tuition increase seems reasonable, so why are students so bent out of shape? Here's why they're smart to protest.

In the past four months, the Canadian province of Quebec has become a hotbed of Occupy Wall Street-style protests—marches with hundreds of thousands of protesters, and battles with tear gas throwing, pepper-spraying police. And it all started over proposed tuition increases at Quebec's public universities.

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Occupy Student Debt Wants You to Stop Paying Your Loans

"We are drowning in debt with few means of escape," Occupy Student Debt organizers say.


Could a mass movement of college students and graduates challenge the student debt status quo? That’s the aim of Occupy Student Debt, a new movement inspired by Occupy Wall Street that wants to send a clear message about the crushing burden of the debt by convincing a million Americans to pledge to stop paying their student loans.

Occupy Student Debt supporters say today's college graduates would "give anything to pay our debt," but they are either unemployed or underemployed because of the recession. President Obama recently fast-tracked debt relief for students set to graduate next year, but his plan doesn’t help someone who’s been out of school for a few years. A lack of consumer protections—particularly for students who borrowed from private lenders—means some of those recent grads are seeing interest rates as high as 25 percent.

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