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Obama, Romney focus on student debt as campaign issue

“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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New York Times: Student Loan Interest Rates Loom as Political Battle

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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TIME TO RALLY

On Thursday, UMD students rallied on the Mall against the $50million cut coming to USM. Chants of "Back to Annapolis!" urge legislators and Governor O'Mally to call a special session and priroitize higher education as an investment in our future. 

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Video: TIME TO RALLY

Video clip of the Higher Education Rally in the afformentioned medai hit, TIME TO RALLY.

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Students Rally Against Cuts

Facing over $50million in cuts to the University, President Loh and the Student Government Association discussed how they could be work together in the coming months to ensure that our higher eduaction dsystem in Maryland is not drastically affected. These cuts sparked the creation of Students for Maryland, a coalition of the SGA, MaryPIRG, Campus Dems, and others who are working to lessen the negative impact of the state budget on higher education.

US PIRG makes a BIG media splash for Higher Ed

By | Brian Compere
Media Coordinator

US PIRG held a huge press conference with Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.) and coalition partners on March 13th. At the press conference, we delivered 130,000 petitions to Congress to urge them to not double student interest rates in July. We also got 465 media hits nationwide on the event!

Read the full story here.

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Students to Congress: Don’t Double Student Debt Rates

Washington, D.C. – With the student loan interest rate about to double this July for almost 8 million loan borrowers, Maryland PIRG Students and coalition partners deliver over 130,000 letters to Congress urging a different plan.

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Congress urged to act fast on student loan interest rates

On Tuesday, students delivered 130,000 petitions to Congress urging them to not double interest rates on student loans. US PIRG higher education advocate, Rich Williams, and Save the Bay campaign coordinator Sam Durdock, are featured in the video clip of this media. Read the full story and be sure to visit the web link to see the video!

Groups target textbook prices to rein in college costs

A push to create free or inexpensive textbooks is gaining momentum as educators, philanthropists and policymakers nationwide search for new ways to rein in college costs.

Maryland Should Actually Make Textbooks More Affordable

By | Brian Compere
Media Coordinator

As The Diamondback pointed out in its staff editorial Monday, there are other ways to alleviate students’ financial burdens of overly expensive textbooks. Other states have already produced viable alternatives to tax-exemption legislation. Check out the full story!

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