Declining financial support for higher education has shifted costs onto consumers, increased student loan debt and decreased the affordability of higher ed.
Through the recession, college tuition skyrocketed at public universities to make up for flagging state funding. Some students who borrowed to keep up with rising costs face crushing debt repayments.
A Wisconsin student calls for action on the higher ed debt crisis. HuffPost Live goes on campus to speak with two students fighting for change.
Our research shows how the vicious cycle of student loan debt is a danger to the finances of students & their families and to our national economy.
It’s graduation time. While that’s supposed to be a joyous time for grads and their families the plain truth is that college grads are coming into a world of uncertainty: debt, lack of jobs, the prospect of no social security. Scot Ross joins the Melissa Harris-Perry panel.
My name is Scot Ross and I'm a student loan debtor. I know the regret of economic opportunity lost to a loan payment.
Our research confirms the detrimental economic impact of student loan debt, finding it negatively affects new car purchasing and home ownership.
Scott Walker’s budget has a huge deficit of common sense, again failing to include student loan reforms like allowing borrowers to refinance.
Scot Ross, executive director of the public policy non-profit group One Wisconsin Now, said it's not just a problem that affects young people.
With student loan debt rising to record levels and Wisconsin ranking in the top five states for percentage of graduates with debt, it’s time for real solutions.
The student loan debt crisis is a state and national crisis, it is a multi-generational crisis and it is a worsening crisis.
So here’s a little advice for Gov. Scott Walker, stop dodging the student loan debt crisis and start leading by supporting real, common sense reform.
One Wisconsin Now, a driving force behind the effort to create a refinancing authority, accused Walker of giving "recycled advice instead of solutions."
Gov. Scott Walker is expected to discuss is his recycled advice to “call a bank” to help Wisconsin borrowers deal with the student loan debt crisis.
Instead of previewing a new policy solution to the crisis, Scott Walker repeated stale talking points and essentially told borrowers to “call a bank.”
Jenni Dye [research director for One Wisconsin Now] sees a value to organizing around issues like college debt relief that resonate with voters.
The average amount of debt per student has increased more than 50 percent in the last decade, according to TICAS, and One Wisconsin Institute.
One Wisconsin Institute has released two new videos of student loan borrowers telling their stories as part of their “I Am A Student Loan Voter” campaign.
One Wisconsin Now, a liberal advocacy group based in Madison, was one of the earliest advocates for addressing the student loan debt issue.
People across the ideological spectrum agree that student loan debt is a crisis and that borrowers should be able to refinancing their loans like you can a mortgage. Eric Wimberger does not.
"This debt causes a significant economic drag on the state's economy," said Mike [Browne], an analyst at One Wisconsin Institute.
A new Student Loan Voter Scorecard recently released by the non-partisan One Wisconsin Institute evaluated the positions taken by state legislators.
New research finds UW–Oshkosh class of 2015 graduates have the highest average debt of graduates from any four year public universities in Wisconsin.
One Wisconsin Now, which has been a tireless advocate for student loan relief, has labeled Johnson the worst U.S. senator on the student loan crisis.
The latest increase in the burden of student debt adds urgency to what has been a defining issue in the 2016 race for the U.S. Senate in Wisconsin.
Russ Feingold, Sen. Ron Johnson Match-Up Is Common Sense Versus Uncommon Ignorance on Student Loan Debt Issue
One Wisconsin Institute is releasing a series of video interviews featuring Wisconsin borrowers telling their stories about what student loan debt means to them and their families.
Ron Johnson repeated his opposition to letting borrowers refinance their loans and went on to declare too much financial aid for students was the problem.
There is no issue with a starker contrast: Democrats want student loan reform and college affordability and Republicans want to starve education.
Scot Ross of the liberal group One Wisconsin Now, described it as a stunt ... He said the governor was basically telling student borrowers to “call a bank.”
You cannot refinance federal student loans with the government. We need to change the system. That means changing the minds of politicians like Scott Walker.
One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross spoke to media following Gov. Scott Walker's news conference.
Scot Ross said he didn't believe these steps would be enough to address the growing burden of student loan debt in the state.
One Wisconsin Now told reporters the expansion likely won't help anyone because students and recent graduates typically lack collateral and a credit history.
Wisconsin student loan borrowers have over $19 billion in debt and the best Scott Walker can do is to hold a press conference announcing he's doing nothing.
The effort drew criticism from Scot Ross with One Wisconsin Now, a liberal advocacy group that has been a strong proponent for reforms in the student loan system.
Scot Ross, executive director of One Wisconsin Now, a liberal advocacy group heavily involved in the student debt issues, called the new initiative "useless."
With 70 percent of our graduates having student debt - and his answer is a website and go to a bank - as offensive as it is useless.
One Wisconsin Now questioned why Weiss hasn't been more visible, noting DFI's website doesn't appear to offer any contact information.
Over 80 Percent of Survey Respondents in Three Swing State Senate Districts Back Allowing Wisconsin Student Loan Borrowers to Refinance.
At StudentLoanVoter.org, Wisconsin Voters Can Find Out Who Is, And Who Isn’t, Supporting Common Sense Reforms to Reduce Burden on Student Loan Borrowers.
According to media reports, a Minnesota judge has ruled that the for-profit Globe University has violated state consumer protection and fraud laws.
ITT Tech announced it's closing immediately, leaving hundreds of Wisconsin students in limbo, while Republicans give aid and comfort to predatory for-profits.
U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson has certainly earned his Ph.D. in Washington D.C. doublespeak with his outburst this week.
Scott Walker and Ron Johnson oppose allowing more than 500,000 Wisconsin student loan borrowers to refinance their loans, just like you can a mortgage.
“We know Ron Johnson graduated from college 40 years ago, but we assumed it was from a university here on planet Earth,” quipped Scot Ross, executive director of One Wisconsin Now.
Walker is making education less and less affordable, with serious consequences for our state economy and the best he can do is apparently hold photo ops with bureaucrats.
Fighting Bob Fest 2016 is less than a month away... Among the other speakers will be Scot Ross, who has feverishly campaigned for college loan reform.
We know Ron Johnson graduated from college 40 years ago, but we assumed it was from a university here on planet Earth.
On the critical issue of student debt and college affordability, Sen. Ron Johnson could not be worse.
Walker Has Presided Over 40,000 Eligible Students Being Denied Financial Aid, Wisconsin Rising to 3rd Highest in Nation in Grads with Student Debt
Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton used her historic address this evening to outline her solutions to the $1.4 trillion student loan debt crisis.
Unfortunately, Republicans like Ron Johnson and Scott Walker think student loan borrowers should be left to the mercy of Wall Street profiteers.
Speeches of three Wisconsin officials – Reps. Paul Ryan and Sean Duffy and Sen. Ron Johnson – contained zero references to the crisis of student debt.
He’s stood in the way of common sense refinancing to help millions of borrowers across the nation and in Wisconsin.