student loans

Immigration reform
7:31 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Congressman Fred Upton discusses immigration, student loans and more

File photo of cherry farmer Patrick McGuire of Atwood. He says the immigration controversy has caused a labor shortage
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Full interview with Fred Upton

West Michigan Congressman Fred Upton says he expects the House to take up immigration reform in separate bills as opposed to comprehensive legislation. 

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5:40 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Bill to lower student loan interest rates fails

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At the beginning of the month, loan interest rates doubled to 6.8 percent.
The first official Senate attempt to roll back student loan rates failed Wednesday, pushing the Democratic leadership to now consider an alternative bipartisan plan they have thus far tried to stamp out. Rates doubled from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent at the beginning of the month; the vote was on a bill to cut them to the original figure for another...
7:27 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Stabenow proposes freezing student loan rates

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Vote in Senate scheduled Wednesday, 60 votes are needed if opponents fillibuster
Washington- U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Lansing, is pushing legislation Wednesday to keep student loans rates low for college students, including nearly 300,000 students in Michigan. The rates on federal subsidized Stafford loans doubled July 1 to 6.8 percent from 3.4 percent.
9:17 pm
Sun June 30, 2013

Lack of deal on student loans leaves Michigan students in limbo, facing higher tuition

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Data shows number of students taking out student loans and amount they're taking out continues to climb
Thousands of Michigan college students are getting punched in the wallet by a combination of tuition hikes averaging 3.45% and a doubling of interest rates on some of their loans that will go into effect Monday. In the short run, they'll be paying more on their annual tuition bills, with the highest increase at 8.9% announced last week at Wayne State University.