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Covering the Cost

A report explaining why decision-makers can no longer afford to ignore high textbook prices.

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Travel Buddy lauds consumer guide for safe bank accounts on campus

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group applauds the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) release of a  for campus administrators, released after a several-year investigation into the unavoidable and unusual fees that students can be charged through campus bank accounts, particularly through the financial aid disbursement.

Result | Higher Ed

Protecting students from unfair bank fees

We helped win protections for students from unfair fees associated with campus bank accounts. The new rules, released by the U.S. Department of Education, ban some of the worst and most predatory fees that students encounter from banks.

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Travel Buddy Echoes CFPB Call for Improved Student Loan Servicing

Earlier today, The CFPB released a report reviewing the state of student loan servicing, identifying the industry’s pervasive failures.

News Release | Travel Buddy | Higher Ed

Travel Buddy Joins 91 Organizations In Calling on White House to Open Access to Federally Funded Educational Resources

Washington, D.C. — Today, Travel Buddy, along with a broad coalition of 91 education organizations, institutions of higher education, technology companies, and foundations to ensure federally funded educational materials are made freely available to the public as the administration develops an Open Government Partnership plan this fall.

 

News Release | Travel Buddy | Consumer Protection, Higher Ed

USPIRG LAUDS CFPB SAFE STUDENT BANKING INITIATIVE

WASHINGTON, DC --   Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau launched an initiative to protect students from the high banking fees and aggressive marketing surrounding campus bank accounts.

Senate Banking Committee On Student Loans and Campus Cards

By | Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

Last week the U.S. Senate Banking Committee heard recommendations on campus banking and student loan issues from student advocates, including Travel Buddy Higher Education Program Director Christine Lindstrom. The hearing also featured a spirited exchange between Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA) and a bank witness concerning the failure of private student lenders to give student-consumers more options to re-finance or defer their loans, including in cases of extreme undue hardship, such as when the borrower dies suddenly.

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