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
CLINTON, N.Y. — They text their friends all day long. At night, they do research for their term papers on laptops and commune with their parents on Skype. But as they walk the paths of Hamilton College, a poster-perfect liberal arts school in this upstate village, students are still hauling around bulky, old-fashioned textbooks — and loving it.
WASHINGTON — Ending one of the fiercest lobbying fights in Washington, Congress voted Thursday to force commercial banks out of the federal student loan market, cutting off billions of dollars in profits in a sweeping restructuring of financial-aid programs and redirecting most of the money to new education initiatives.
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