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Nothing gets people thinking about the college student-loan debt like a carnival.

That’s what two Kansas City Art Institute students determined, anyway. So they're putting on Debt Day, a carnival with games, prizes, entertainment, food, a dunk tank and slip-and-slide and other shenanigans on the lawn of their school.

A student advocacy group wants to reform how Missouri awards scholarships to top-performing students.

Right now any student who scores a 31 or higher on the ACT and stays in-state for college is eligible for a Bright Flight Scholarship worth about $3,000.

But Faith Sandler with St. Louis Graduates says these scholarships are being disproportionately awarded to students whose families can afford to pay for college.

Experts say financial planning is often key to financial success but one of the biggest challenges is finding the right person to manage your money. A panel of wealth management professionals offer advice on how to find someone who is competent, trustworthy, and interested in helping you achieve your financial goals.


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The escalating problem of student debt isn't just about the pain of writing large checks. So say two University of Kansas professors who have co-written a book on the crisis, using their own personal stories to make a case that differences in access to higher ed begin long before loans, and influence life and career paths far beyond graduation.


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As the school year draws to a close and a new crop of students heads off to college this fall, the age-old challenge of paying for it is on the minds of many. But this year another group is taking up that challenge: Congress, and the President.

On July 1, the interest rate for federal education loans is going to increase from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent if Congress does not take action, which is where bill H.R. 1911 comes in.

This bill proposes tying the interest rate of education loans to the 10-year treasury note rate plus 2.5 percent.

The Jarboe Initiative: Will Rehab For Rent

Jul 11, 2012

On this Wednesday's Central Standard, learn how one recent graduate with student loan debt found a way to live rent free on the West Side, and it turned into the most rewarding thing he’s ever done.

Nicholas Ward-Bopp, UMKC Financial Aid Coordinator

Mitt Romney on Monday endorsed the idea of extending a law that curbs interest rates paid by some recipients of federal student loans, a cause that President Obama has made a campaign issue.

Ex-Career College Admin To Prison

Apr 23, 2010

Kansas City, Mo. – A former director of a Kansas City's college has been ordered to pay more than a third of a million dollars restitution and spend a year in federal prison without chance of parole.

It was a plea of guilt to conspiracy to fraudulently take federal student grants and loans for ineligible students at Vatterott College in 2005 and 2006.