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Required Financial Literacy Course Gets Second Chance in Florida Senate

Bills filed in the Florida House and Senate would require high school students to take a one-semester financial literacy course. But with just three weeks left in the legislative session, the proposals (House bill 29 and Senate bill 92)  haven’t been discussed by committees. Now, there’s another option in the Florida Senate to get the […]

How Broward College Is Cutting Student Debt

To get a student loan at Broward College, you’ve got to sit through a two-hour financial lesson with Kent Dunston first. At times, it’s a little like “Scared Straight!” – that 1978 documentary about setting juvenile delinquents on the right path — but for your credit score. Dunston’s first piece of advice – figure out […]

Conversation About The Cost Of College Starts In Florida

NPR has started a series of conversations about paying for the rising cost of college. For their first interview, NPR spoke with David Sherker, a student at Coral Reef High School in Miami, and his family. President Barack Obama recently spoke at the school to encourage students to apply for federal financial aid and prod […]

Why Rising Student Debt Isn’t As Big A Problem As You Think

College tuition is steadily rising in Florida, but at least one expert says the issue of student debt is being blown out of proportion. Dr. Ed Moore is president of the Independent Colleges & Universities of Florida. He is also on the Higher Education Coordinating Council. He and six other council members are charged with […]

A New Course For Florida Students: Financial Literacy 101

Americans now owe more than one $1 trillion in student loans. That’s a big burden for young adults and their recession-strapped parents. Now, a grant is helping Florida students understand how to manage their debt and keep at least some of them from defaulting on their loans. The Florida College System Foundation financial literacy grant […]

Why Doubling Student Loan Interest Rates Would Hurt Latinos

Tuition is going up at Florida’s public universities this fall. Now, barring Congressional intervention, student loan interest rates will double on July 1st from 3.4 to 6.8 percent. The change affects subsidized Stafford student loans. Student leaders and administrators from Palm Beach State College and Miami-Dade College North are joining Florida PIRG to call for a bipartisan […]

Explaining Which Students Will Pay More For Student Loans

Students enjoying a temporary reprieve in federal student loan rates know that the deal comes the an end July 1 — unless Congress can reach an agreement to extend the lower rates. The Miami Herald has a nice rundown on who will see their rates jump to 6.8 percent from 3.4 percent and who won’t. […]

Why It’s Harder for College Students to Get Financial Aid This Summer

College students  who need to go to summer school have few choices for grants and scholarships. And their options just shrank. The federal government is no longer giving out a need-based Pell Grant to help students pay for summer tuition. And the replacement is more loans. Senior Courtney Johnson has taken summer courses at Florida International […]

Mack: Floridians More Concerned About Jobs Than Student Loans

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy   Florida Republican U.S. Senate candidate Connie Mack downplayed the importance of student loan interest rates during an interview with MSNBC this morning. President Barack Obama and Democrats are trying to make rising college debt a campaign issue, including student loan rates and […]

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