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ACCESS DENIED: Visitors to the N.Y. Department of Labor are turned away at the door by personnel due to closures over coronavirus concerns on March 18. The coronavirus pandemic has hurt many households financially, but there are ways to get some relief. / AP FILE PHOTO/JOHN MINCHILLO

A guide to surviving financially as the bills come due

The coronavirus has dealt a financial blow to millions of Americans and now April’s bills are coming due. The good news is there is help...
THE R.I. STUDENT Loan Authority is opening up an opportunity for non-federal loan borrowers to apply for a two-month relief period from making loan payments.

RISLA: Student-loan borrowers can apply for 2-month payment relief

WARWICK – The R.I. Student Loan Authority is offering borrowers with non-federal student loans the opportunity to apply for a two-month relief period during...
FINANCIAL COUNSELOR: Isabel Rodriguez is the director of financial coaching at Capital Good Fund in Providence. She estimates more than half of the company’s clients that are seeking financial counseling have student loans. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

More borrowers seek to refinance student loans

The Federal Reserve interest-rate cuts last year did more than encourage homeowners to refinance their mortgages. It has people who are paying back student...

Report: Private market for student loans is ‘exploding’

PROVIDENCE – The private market for student loans has “exploded” in recent years, as there is now about $102 million in private student loan...

College debt should be the first thing to learn

Graduation season begins in the coming weeks. Thousands of graduating high school seniors in our state already have been making plans for the next...

Amica helps employees with student loan debt

LINCOLN – Amica Mutual Insurance Co. is offering the company’s full-time employees $100 a month each – and up to $6,000 total per person...

Audit finds widespread problems with student loan oversight

PROVIDENCE – Federal Student Aid, a part of the U.S. Department of Education that oversees the nation’s 30 million student loans, and the nine...

Federal banking regulators issue bulletin on new student loan program

PROVIDENCE – The Treasury Department has issued a bulletin to banks and other financial institutions apprising them of new legislation that allows them to...
STUDENT LOANS are being issued at unprecedented rates as more American students pursue higher education. Meanwhile, the cost of tuition at both private and public institutions is touching all-time highs and interest rates on student loans are rising. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL OKONIEWSKI

America’s student loan debt crisis is about to get much worse

NEW YORK - While Wall Street and U.S. President Donald Trump tout news of a booming stock market and low unemployment, college students may be quick...

Student loans starting to bite

It’s that time of year, when students prepare to head back to the classroom. For many taking the next step in higher education, the...

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