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Young men without college degrees have been dropping out of the workforce for decades. On Thursday, the Pew Research Center released a report delving into whether a college degree is worth it. The report compares economic outcomes for young adults who've completed a college degree with those who have not. "Accompanying that wages were also bid up for non-college educated young men at that time." Fry added, "the rising rates of young men with criminal records" could be a reason given they could have a hard time finding work.
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Read previewAnother batch of student-loan borrowers has been approved for debt relief. On Wednesday, President Joe Biden's Education Department announced that it approved $7.7 billion in debt cancellation for 160,500 borrowers on Public Service Loan Forgiveness — which forgives student debt for government and nonprofit workers after 10 years of qualifying payments — or income-driven repayment plans. Specifically, according to the announcement, 66,900 borrowers are receiving relief through fixes to PSLF, 54,300 borrowers are receiving relief through the SAVE income-driven repayment plan, and 39,200 borrowers are receiving relief through one-time account adjustments to bring payments on income-driven repayment plans up to date. This provision forgives student debt for borrowers who originally took out $12,000 or less in student loans and made as few as 10 years of payments. "I will never stop working to cancel student debt — no matter how many times Republican elected officials try to stop us."
Persons: , Joe Biden's, Harris, Education James Kvaal, There's, Biden Organizations: Service, Joe Biden's Education Department, Public, Business, Education Department, Biden, Harris Administration, Education, Republican
Neilson, 59, went into retail management after earning a general studies degree with a business concentration. "The money that I would like to be able to contribute to a retirement account is going to go instead to pay student loans." BI has previously spoken to some other older adults who have struggled with career progression later in life. For example, Crystal, a 62-year-old, never received a college degree, and it's kept her from progressing in the workforce. "With my age, I was just not attractive on paper, and not having a college degree was always a factor, too," Crystal said.
Persons: Kris Neilson's, Neilson, it'll, She'll, I'm, it's, Crystal Organizations: Service, BI, National Bureau of Economic Research, Gallup, Lumina Foundation Locations: Neilson
After researching affordable places to live in retirement, Ann and her husband settled on Portugal. "Our quality of life is so much nicer because we're not worried about money like we were in the States," Ann said. AdvertisementWhile Ann was able to live comfortably in retirement abroad, many older adults in the US are struggling. "We understand how hard it is to try to accumulate enough money to retire and stay in the United States," Ann said. Advertisement"The United States is a very difficult country to retire in," she said.
Persons: Ann, she's, We've, We're, they've, we're, Diane Senffner Organizations: Service, Business, BI, Social Security, Survey, pats, Social Locations: Belize, United Kingdom, Mexico, Hawaii, Arizona, Scottsdale, Portugal, United States
Read previewInflation and interest rates are still high, but Americans shouldn't count on any relief just yet. Advertisement"The status of the battle against inflation requires that interest rates remain elevated in the near-term," Hamrick said. "The first quarter in the United States was notable for its lack of further progress on inflation," Powell said during the panel. But while job seekers and workers may find this cooldown concerning, that moderation is also welcome and the labor market is still strong. "Paired with high borrowing costs — like high interest rates on your credit cards — and the current economy can feel quite uncomfortable," Renter added.
Persons: , That's, Mark Hamrick, Hamrick, Jerome Powell, Powell, Joanne Hsu, Nick Bunker, Ted Rossman, Rossman, Elizabeth Renter, Renter, it's Organizations: Service, Federal Reserve, Bureau of Labor Statistics, CPI, Business, Federal, University of Michigan, North America Locations: Amsterdam, United States,
TradeBiden has left some of Trump's tariffs in place, illustrating the protectionist bent that continues to take hold in Washington. Biden has left some of Trump's tariffs in place, illustrating the protectionist bent that continues to take hold in Washington. As president, Trump fixated on the US trade deficit even as some economists argued against reading too much into such figures. He didn't see the fruits of his biggest trade deal, which went into effect in July 2020: the USMCA, a revamped North American trade deal known Experts at Brookings Institution have praised the treaty for growing regional trade. Trump has pledged to kill the Biden administration's new Asian trade talks, which the former president has dubbed "TPP two."
Persons: Biden, Niels Wenstedt, Trump, Katherine Tai, Sen, Elizabeth Warren, Barack Obama Organizations: BSR Agency, Getty, Republican Party, American Free Trade, World Trade Organization, Big Tech, Trump, Bloomberg News, Brookings Institution, TransPacific, US, Biden, Politico Locations: Washington, China, American, Mexico, Beijing
Younger workers are foregoing higher education as costs continue to remain top of mind — and the value of a college education isn't what it used to be. On Wednesday, Deloitte released a survey on Gen Z and millennial attitudes toward the world and their financial conditions. That comes as over half of Gen Z and millennials are living paycheck to paycheck, per the report — a continued trend among younger workers. For both Gen Z and millennials, the cost of living is their top concern, with Gen Z also concerned about potential unemployment. Still, younger adults' perceptions toward higher education seem to skew away from overall attitudes toward a postsecondary degree or credential.
Persons: Gen, millennials, Zs, Elizabeth Faber, Gen Z, Faber, YouGov, hasn't, they're Organizations: Service, Deloitte, Business, Deloitte Global Chief People, Gallup, Lumina Foundation
Read previewPresident Joe Biden's Education Department is giving student-loan borrowers more time to get closer to debt cancellation. On Wednesday, the Education Department announced that it's extending the deadline for borrowers to benefit from the one-time account adjustments. To receive the account adjustment automatically, borrowers must be in the federal direct loan program or have federally held loans in the Federal Family Education Loan program. "FFEL borrowers should consolidate as soon as possible in order to receive this benefit that has already provided forgiveness to nearly 1 million borrowers." Since the adjustments began, according to the department, 996,000 borrowers have received $49.2 billion in debt relief.
Persons: , Joe Biden's, Education James Kvaal Organizations: Service, Joe Biden's Education, Education Department, Public, Business, Family Education, Education, Federal, Aid Locations: PSLF
Read previewThe prominence of school vouchers continues to surge across the country — but they might not benefit the families who need them the most. Over the past few years, states like Ohio and Arkansas have expanded their school voucher programs to allow most or all parents to receive funding to send their kids to private schools. The modern school voucher movement started to grow in the 1990s under the idea that the government would give parents a certain amount of money to put toward private school tuition. A new report from the Brookings Institution delved further into the implications of Arizona's voucher program. AdvertisementHave you received a school voucher or decided not to participate in your state's program?
Persons: , Josh Cowen, Cowen, they've, Katie Hobbs, Rebecca Noble, Doug Ducey, Ducey, Hobbs Organizations: Service, Business, Michigan State University, Brookings Institution, Brookings, ESA, Catholic, Republican, Democratic, Arizona Locations: Ohio, Arkansas, Arizona, Brookings, Phoenix, Queen, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama
She anticipates having to work part-time in retirement to supplement Social Security. And I was always counting on Social Security, knowing I can't live on it only, but I just thought it would be more than what it's going to be." Crystal has just over $70,000 in savings, according to documents verified by BI, and she anticipates getting around $1,200 a month in Social Security. AdvertisementIt means that a lot of them will primarily rely on Social Security — and the program is projected to no longer be able to pay out full benefits by 2035 unless Congress intervenes. Related storiesCrystal said that with all of her daily expenses, her finances are strained, and she doesn't think she'll ever be able to fully retire.
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Interest rates on federal student loans are increasing for the upcoming school year. Based on the latest Treasury auction, borrowers are set to see the highest rates in over a decade. AdvertisementNew student-loan borrowers are set to see the highest interest rates in over a decade. Wednesday's Treasury auction dictated the new interest rates for federal student loans from July 1, 2024, to June 30, 2025 — and they're set to increase significantly for borrowers taking out new loans for the upcoming school year. According to calculations based on the Treasury auction, these are the interest rates for federal student loans in the 2024-2025 academic school year:
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Many Americans don't know, and it's getting even harder to calculate — especially as Social Security is poised to start reducing benefits in just about a decade. Related stories"That number is all over the place," Copeland said, referring to how much people are going to need in retirement savings. "It will be devastating if people who already are facing very dire retirement prospects get less Social Security than they're planning on. Estimating how much you will need in retirement may be helpful, even long before retirement. That highlights the fact that calculating how much you're going to actually need in retirement is complicated.
Persons: it's, That's, there's, Craig Copeland, Copeland, , William Arnone, Indira Venkateswaran, Greenwald Organizations: Service, Security, Greenwald Research, Business, AARP, Wealth, Research Institute, Social, Social Security, National Academy of Social Insurance Locations: America
That's because, taken together, the two primary Social Security funds are set to only be able to pay out full benefits through 2035; the Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund, one of the main funds comprising Social Security, will start getting depleted in 2033. AdvertisementIn other words, the moment that today's older Gen Xers are ready to retire, their Social Security benefits could start to shrink. Gen Xers — born from 1965 to 1980 — have been deemed the country's "neglected middle child" by the Pew Research Center. And among the different generations, Gen Xers were the most likely to report that they were feeling financially insecure. That could set the stage for the new crop of Gen X retirees to arrive in an already-precarious retirement economy.
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren led a group of Democrats in pushing for increased Federal Student Aid funding. AdvertisementA group of Democratic lawmakers is pointing to one key thing that will help student-loan borrowers and families navigate financial aid: more funding. Advertisement"FSA's responsibilities have increased to protect students and borrowers, but its federal funding has remained stagnant," they wrote. AdvertisementWhen it comes to the FAFSA, both Republican and Democratic lawmakers have been highly critical of the way the Education Department has facilitated the rollout. The Education Department is also in the process of crafting its broader student-debt relief plan, which is currently in the public comment period.
Persons: Sen, Elizabeth Warren, , Massachusetts Sen, Tammy Baldwin, Shelley Moore Capito, Joe Biden's, Biden, Secretary Miguel Cardona, Cardona Organizations: Federal Student Aid, Service, Democratic, Massachusetts, Sens, Republicans, Business, Education Department, Public, Republican, Secretary
Full Social Security benefits are expected to run out in 2035, per the program's trustees. AdvertisementAs more Americans fear being unprepared for retirement — and rely solely on Social Security — those full benefits might not be long-lived. Meanwhile, among the income that typical retirees do receive, just under 80% see income from Social Security. The latest estimates on Social Security also come as the US economy braces for a "peak boomer" wave of new retirees. That's the biggest group of boomers retiring yet, and, per that analysis, many will end up having to rely on Social Security benefits to stay afloat.
Persons: That's, , William Arnone, Martin O'Malley, Kevin Hern Organizations: Security, Social Security, Service, National Academy of Social Insurance, Insurance Trust, Disability Insurance Fund, Social, Survey, Alliance, Lifetime, GOP, Republican
To make that happen, Crockett retired a few years ahead of schedule, collected early Social Security, and sold her house, cars, and most of her other valuable belongings. I live totally on my Social Security," she said. There's walking groups, there's jogging groups, there's knitting groups, there's yoga, there's something for everyone here." One 63-year-old said that she doesn't see her Social Security keeping her afloat due to the lingering impacts of the pandemic, which caused her to lose her job and run through her savings. AdvertisementAre you living abroad?
Persons: Debra Crockett, Crockett, she's, didn't, it's, there's Organizations: Service, Social Security, Business, BI Locations: Europe, Turkey, Turkish
There are two weeks left for the public to comment on Biden's new student-debt relief plan. Once the public comment period ends, the administration will move toward final implementation. AdvertisementThe American people have just two weeks left to give President Joe Biden's administration input on its new student-loan forgiveness plan. Related storiesThe plan is now in the public comment period, and there are two weeks left for anyone who wishes to provide input on the administration's proposals. AdvertisementThe comments are available to be viewed publicly, and some of them were supportive of Biden's plan.
Persons: , Joe Biden's, Biden's, Andrew Bailey, Biden Organizations: Service, Education Department, Federal Register Locations: Missouri
Applications to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program are paused through July. During this time, borrowers can still submit applications, but they will not be processed. download the app Email address Sign up By clicking “Sign Up”, you accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy . AdvertisementSome student-loan borrowers hoping for debt relief might have to wait a few months. Beginning on May 1, the Education Department placed a pause on any processing of applications to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, which forgives student debt for government and nonprofit workers after ten years of qualifying payments.
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Read previewThe nation's central bank offered no surprises in its latest interest rate decision. On Wednesday, the Federal Open Market Committee announced that it would be holding interest rates steady, continuing the pause on rates that began in September. While the FOMC projected three interest rate cuts for 2024, inflation is not quite where the Fed needs it to be. "It looks to me like he's trying to lower interest rates for the sake of maybe getting people elected," Trump said. "Inflation has continued to run hot and there is no compelling need for the Fed to cut interest rates until they're comfortable with where inflation is headed," Greg McBride, chief financial analyst for Bankrate, said in a statement.
Persons: , It's, Jerome Powell, Powell, Donald Trump, Trump, Greg McBride Organizations: Service, Federal, Market Committee, Federal Reserve, Business, Fox News, Street Journal, Trump, Fed Locations: Washington
The Education Department announced $6.1 billion in student-debt relief or 317,000 borrowers. The relief applies to borrowers who attended any Art Institute campus from January 1, 2004, to October 16, 2017. Investigations found that the Art Institutes misled students about career prospects and salaries. The Art Institutes were a for-profit system that prompted investigations from the attorneys general of Iowa, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. More broadly, the Education Department is working to implement its broader student-loan forgiveness plan after the Supreme Court struck down its first attempt.
Persons: , Joe Biden's, Richard Cordray, Biden Organizations: Education Department, Art Institute, Investigations, Art, Service, Joe Biden's Education Department, Art Institutes, Aid, Corinthian College, Public Locations: Iowa , Massachusetts, Pennsylvania
The labor market has continued to be strong, dampening any urgency the Fed might have to cut rates. AdvertisementThe Fed's decision to hold rates steady prompted some pushback from Democratic lawmakers who are worried that continued high rates will hurt Americans. "The Fed must remember its dual mandate and avoid keeping these rates too high for too long," Boyle said. And he won't risk easing up on the Fed's restrictive policy too early. Advertisement"We believe it is restrictive, and we believe over time it will be sufficiently restrictive," Powell said.
Persons: , Jerome Powell, Powell, We've, we're, Julia Pollak, Brendan Boyle, Boyle, he's Organizations: Service, Federal, Market Committee, Business, Fed, Democratic, Rep
The Federal Reserve is expected to once again hold interest rates steady on Wednesday. Some predictions also do not forecast any interest rate cuts until the second half of the year. AdvertisementIt's probably still not time for the nation's central bank to cut interest rates just yet. AdvertisementGiven that inflation is still above the Fed's 2% target, it's looking like rate cuts might not come until the second half of 2024. "Inflation has continued to run hot and there is no compelling need for the Fed to cut interest rates until they're comfortable with where inflation is headed."
Persons: Powell, , It's, Julia Pollak, Jerome Powell, Gregory Daco, Greg McBride Organizations: Federal, Service, Fed Locations: Washington
Read previewA major student-loan company has requested that it no longer manage some of the borrowers in its servicing portfolio. "MOHELA continues to serve as one of the Department's federal student loan servicers and will continue their support for millions of student loan borrowers," the blog post said. AdvertisementThis announcement comes as the Education Department is working to overhaul the student-loan servicing industry to make it easier to use for borrowers. Warren told BI in a statement that less than three weeks after she held the hearing, "the Education Department is taking critical action to protect student loan borrowers." Advertisement"There is more that the Education Department can do to hold MOHELA accountable, but today's action is an important first step," Warren said.
Persons: , MOHELA, servicers, Sen, Elizabeth Warren, Warren Organizations: Service, Federal, Business, An Education Department, Public, Education Department, Federal Student Aid, Democratic Locations: MOHELA
A college enrollment crisis is likely coming this fall. It's a result of complications with the FAFSA form, along with a lower supply of high school seniors. There's also a limited supply of high school seniors right now due to lower birth rates during the Great Recession. But the immediate enrollment shock will likely come this fall — and both students and colleges will feel the impact. AdvertisementAre you a recent high school graduate not going to college?
Persons: It's, , aren't, Katharine Meyer, Gen Zers, MorraLee Keller, Keller, There's, Meyer, They're, they're, there's, Hodges University —, Zers Organizations: Service, Brown Center, Education, Brookings Institution, National Center for Education Statistics, Federal Student Aid, Education Department, National College, Hodges University Locations: Florida, New York, Texas
Some members of Trump's team want to restructure the Federal Reserve, the WSJ reported. That could include allowing the president to have a direct say on interest rate decisions. Trump has previously been critical of Powell's handling of interest rates during the pandemic. To help the Fed achieve its 2% inflation target, the Federal Open Market Committee has hiked interest rates 11 consecutive times since March 2022. Advertisement"I think he's going to do something to probably help the Democrats, I think, if he lowers interest rates," Trump said, adding that "it looks to me like he's trying to lower interest rates for the sake of maybe getting people elected."
Persons: Jerome Powell, , Donald Trump, Trump, President Trump, Susie Wiles, Chris LaCivita, Powell, Ron DeSantis, Nikki Haley, Vivek Ramaswamy, Joe Biden, Robert F, Kennedy Jr, Biden Organizations: Federal Reserve, Service, Street, Trump, Management, Federal, Fed, Fox News, Republican, Florida Gov, South Carolina Gov, Biden, GOP Locations: New York
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