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Taking legal action against a business or a service for consumer protection violations may be a long and costly process. Mediation provides a voluntary, informal channel of resolving disputes to reach a mutually agreeable settlement.

As parents and students make trips across the country to return to college, you are probably wondering how to do so safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. This guide will outline some of the safer options.

The COVID-19 pandemic presents a whole new situation for college students. This guide outlines items that students should pack when they return to campus.

News Release | MASSPIRG EDUCATION FUND | Higher Ed

ITT TECH CAN NO LONGER DECEIVE STUDENT BORROWERS

College’s harmful student practices cause it to shut down.

News Release | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Higher Ed

Survey Shows Students Opting out of Buying Textbooks

Textbooks prices have soared over the past decade and students are looking for a way out. Open source textbooks are an affordable alternative.

Report | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Higher Ed

Fixing the Broken Textbook Market

Textbooks costs have skyrocketed over the past 10 years, becoming one of the largest out-of-pocket expense for students. A new report by MASSPIRG Education fund and MASSPIRG Students looks at a new affordable alternative: open-source textbooks.

A New Direction In Driving Trends

After a 60 year boom, driving is on the decline in the U.S. and no likely scenario shows it returning to previous levels of growth. 

Report | MASSPIRG Education Fund | Higher Ed

The Campus Debit Card Trap

A new report released by MASSPIRG Education Fund finds that banks and financial firms now control or influence federal financial aid disbursement to over 9 million students by linking their checking accounts and prepaid debit cards to student IDs. For decades, students would receive their aid by check, without being charged any fees to access their financial aid. Now students end up paying big fees on their student aid, including per-swipe fees of $.50, inactivity fees of $10 or more after 6 months, overdraft fees of up to $38 and plenty more. Financial institutions aggressively market or default students into their bank accounts to maximize these fees and their bottom lines.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Higher Ed

Banks Skim Millions in Fees off of the Backs of Students

“Campus debit cards are wolves in sheep’s clothing,” observed MASSPIRG Staff Attorney Lizzi Weyant. “Students think they can freely access their money, but instead their aid is being eaten up by bank fees. It’s outrageous.”

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