Here we are again, starting off a new term on campus, headed to the internet and to bookstores to get our textbooks.
Textbooks are expensive. Too expensive.
We work with students and faculty across the country and where we can, lawmakers to make textbooks more affordable by stopping unfair business practices by publishers that drive up the costs of higher education.
Earlier this month Congress acted to stop a huge cut to the Pell Grant program for next year.
The Pell Grant program is the cornerstone federal financial aid program, assisting close to 9 million students in paying for college.
Reposted from U.S. PIRG's Consumer Blog
While the 111th Congress already had resulted in enacting several major, historic victories, from health care to Wall Street reform, the lame duck post-election session -- against usual form -- is eking out a few more important victories for consumers.
PIRG In The News
“It makes no sense that a box of Twinkies is less expensive than a bag of carrots.”
This statement, found on the website of the Oregon Student Public Interest Research Group, summarizes the main argument against government subsidies to agribusiness firms, and is at the heart of OSPIRG’s recent “Stop Subsidizing Obesity” campaign.
With Alameda County poised to adopt a single-use plastic bag ban soon, the Berkeley City Council decided at its meeting Tuesday night to officially inform the public that such a ban may be on its way in the city.
As part of its Sustainable U campaign, the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group aims to make the University more environmentally conscious by asking students to stop using plastic bags.
This week, President Barack Obama introduced two changes to the federal student loan program to help new borrowers. An estimated 1.6 million students will be eligible for the new repayment plan, which allows student borrowers to cap their loan repayments at 10 percent of their discretionary income, up from 450,000 under the current system. Another 6 million will be able to consolidate their debt, in some cases slightly reducing their interest rates.
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