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Forum on Tackling the Student Debt Crisis Part One

 

Tackling the Student Debt Crisis

On Thursday, April 2, 2015, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren and Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, will hold the third in a series of congressional forums as part of the Middle Class Prosperity Project launched by the members last month.

Thursday's forum, titled "Tackling the Student Debt Crisis," will focus on how rapidly increasing college costs and student loan debt threaten America's middle class. The U.S Treasury, Federal Reserve, and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have warned that student loan debt is imposing a strain on the economy. In the last year alone, nearly one million more borrowers have fallen behind on their student loan payments, and total student loan debt has risen to $1.3 trillion.  These high debt levels are increasingly keeping young people from buying homes and cars or starting small businesses.

PANELISTS:

 

Keith Motley 
Chancellor of UMass Boston

Deanne Loonin 
NCLC, Director of Student Loan Borrower Assistance Project

Rohit Chopra 
CFPB Student Loan Ombudsma

Bridget Long  
Harvard, Saris Professor of Education and Economics

Current and former college students to describe the challenges of affording college and student loan debt
 

WHEN:

Thursday, April 2, 2015
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

WHERE:    
           
University of Massachusetts Boston
Campus Center, Ballroom C
100 Morrissey Boulevard, Boston, MA