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05/30/2012
News Release

Banks and other financial firms take advantage of partnerships with colleges and universities, creating financial traps for students.

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05/30/2012
Report

Banks and other financial firms are taking advantage of a variety of opportunities to form partnerships with colleges and universities to produce campus student ID cards and to offer student aid disbursements on debit or prepaid cards. In addition to on-campus services, such as student ID functions offered on the card, some cards offer traditional debit card services linked to bank accounts; other cards provide additional reloadable prepaid card functions. The disbursement of financial aid and university refunds is the most significant partnership identified.

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05/24/2012
Blog Post

This summer we're running voter registration drives at concerts and music festivals across California, and we'd love your help.

Let us know if you want to volunteer: sign up here.

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05/23/2012
Blog Post

Here's my statement on the failure to move debate forward on a bill to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling this July.

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PIRG In The News

The Washington Post

“This should send a clear message to Congress that this is a common sense nonpartisan issue,” said Rich Williams, higher education advocate for U.S. PIRG.

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Contra Costa Times

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum will visit the East Bay for a fundraising event next Thursday evening

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The New York Times

Rich Williams, the higher education advocate for U.S. Public Interest Research Group, said he thought about 14 moderate Republican senators might support the effort to keep the interest rates down. “This should be a bipartisan issue,” he said. “It’s something everyone gets.”

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Sierra Sun

TRUCKEE, Calif. — CALPIRG's (California Public Interest Research Group) Energy Service Corps (a joint project of CALPIRG and AmeriCorps) student volunteers will take time off from spring break to help communities save money on heating and electric bills. The student volunteers will perform free energy audits and weatherizations of homes and buildings in Truckee. They will also teach energy conservation lessons in schools and run a workshop for community members about energy use and energy efficiency. The energy workshop and weatherization for Tuesday, March 27, 3-6 p.m. at High Fives Nonprofit Foundation, 10775 Pioneer Trail, Truckee has been canceled.

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