The loans distributed by the U.S. Department of Education currently hold an interest rate of 3.4 percent. But that rate is set to double if Congress fails to act by July 1, 2012. If that occurs, millions of students will see their interest rates soar to 6.8 percent on the new loans they take in the next year thereby causing a steep rise in their loan burden and effectively increasing the cost of attaining a college degree.
“The bottom line is that this is important to future graduates and their families, it is a top concern among students, and has support from across the political spectrum."
From World War II until just a few years ago, the number of miles driven annually on America’s roads steadily increased. Then, at the turn of the century, something changed: Americans began driving less. By 2011, the average American was driving 6 percent fewer miles per year than in 2004. The trend away from driving has been led by young people.
PIRG In The News
As news goals are set for eco-friendly learning environments this week, USC sustainability standards fall under scrutiny.
Environmentalists, students, a U.S. poet laureate, and a local politician turned up the pressure on Berkeley Wednesday to ban plastic carryout bags.
Ask any college student or parent and they'll tell you textbooks these days are extremely expensive. 7 On Your Side takes a look at the movement to make them more affordable.
Are farm subsidies making us fat? Billions in taxpayer dollars are going to support high fructose corn syrup and three other common food additives used in junk food, according to a report released this week by the California Public Interest Research Group and the U.S. PIRG Education Fund, both consumer advocacy groups.
- About Us
- Campus Chapters
- Get Involved
Work on important issues, learn valuable skills, get hands-on experience, and make a difference.