Higher Ed

How MASSPIRG Students and our partners teamed up to take on deceptive student loan practices

Some student loan servicers take advantage of borrowers through unfair, predatory and even illegal lending methods. It’s a problem MASSPIRG and our partners have been working to solve for years — and our efforts were rewarded this past January, when the Student Loan Borrower Bill of Rights was passed by the Legislature and then signed into law by Gov. Charlie Baker. Nearly 1 million student borrowers across the commonwealth now have the protections they deserve against deceptive lending practices.

It’s Time to Double Pell

Last week, hundreds of PIRG student leaders across the country advocated for affordable higher education, funding for students’ basic needs, and the support universities need to reopen safely.  Virtual DC Lobby Day 150 PIRG student leaders came to the Capitol… Read more

Fixing the Broken Textbook Market, Third Edition

This national survey of more than 5,000 college students was taken in September 2020, and builds on similar surveys from 2013 and 2019. It offers a snapshot in time of student experiences, particularly those at four-year institutions, in the first full semester of the pandemic and points out more long-term problems that institutions and national leaders must work to solve.

Students take to the (virtual) Capitol

No one should have to worry over lack of food or access to safe housing, especially during a pandemic. Yet, these problems are so widespread that 38 percent of college students say that they don’t have the means to meet their basic… Read more

Student Groups Outline COVID-19 Higher Ed Funding Needs

As you work on providing economic relief and protecting public health in response to the COVID-19 crisis and move forward with the FY21 appropriations process, we, the undersigned student advocacy organizations, write to urge you to invest in America’s institutions of higher education, so that they can ensure student success and support during this crisis.

Fixing the Broken Textbook Market

Despite publishers’ talking points that access codes and other digital materials have answered student’s cries for help over costs, there has been little measurable improvement in key textbook affordability measures over the last six years.