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Plans to Change Student Lending Sets Up a Fight

(Monday, April 13th, 2009)

“The private student lending industry and its allies in Congress are maneuvering to thwart a plan by President Obama to end a subsidized loan program and redirect billions of dollars in bank profits to scholarships for needy students.

“he plan is the main money-saving component of Mr. Obama‚Äôs education agenda, which includes a sweeping overhaul of financial aid programs. The Congressional Budget Office says replacing subsidized loans made by private banks with direct government lending would save $94 billion over the next decade, money that Mr. Obama would use to expand Pell grants for the poorest students.”

To continue reading, go to http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/13/us/politics/13student.html?ref=global-home.