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Student Debt is Bad for Business

Written by Cody Bowles, VA21 2014 Summer Associate Nationally student loan debt has surpassed every other form of consumer debt except for mortgage debt. Collectively we owe more than 1.2 trillion dollars in student loans. To put this number into context, Kiplinger came out with an article of various ways you could spend 1 trillion […]

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The Unsung Victims of Student Debt

Written by Ian Baxter, VA21 2014 Summer Associate Much is made of the student debt problem in America, and rightly so. There are 37 million borrowers with outstanding student loan balances, according to the New York Federal Reserve Board. With this in mind, it is important to see who these borrowers are, because their status […]

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Pushing for Partnership Beneftits

Watch as we sit down with Jeff Trammell, the first openly gay board chair of a major American university and a leader in Virginia higher education, to discuss the need for LGBT partnership benefits at our colleges and universities. Follow us on Google+ for upcoming Hangouts for Higher Ed!

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Insights From A Seasoned Intern

Written by Karen Tirelis, VA21 2014 Summer Associate As a seasoned college undergrad that’s had an internship or two in her day, I have learned that not all internships are the same—and have come to appreciate what can make an internship worthwhile, and what can make one tedious and futile. If an employer seeks to […]

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Meet our interns!

Meet Karen, Laura, Cody, and Ian, our summer team of interns who chose to spend their summer with Virginia21 working on the issues impacting young people.  To help introduce them to all of you, I sat down and asked them lots of serious questions like what they’d do if they won the lottery, etc. Karen […]

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Higher Impact on Students, Lower Voter Turnout

Written by Ian Baxter, VA21 2014 Summer Associate The 2012 general election saw significant levels of voter turnout for young people in Virginia, with 605,000 casting ballots, becoming an important demographic in that election. However, less than half that number voted in the 2013 gubernatorial election, with around 288,000 voting, according to Tufts’ CIRCLE project. […]

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Hangout with Congressman Rigell

Congressman Scott Rigell (R-VA2) answers student questions on the renewal of the Higher Education Act, student debt, Washington gridlock, and funding for Pell Grants in our latest Hangout for #HigherEd. Follow us on Google+ for upcoming Hangouts for Higher Ed!

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Make Your Internship Work for You

Have you ever turned down an internship because you couldn’t afford to go a summer without getting paid? Or maybe you’ve had an internship and didn’t feel like you learned anything? Hey, we’ve been there! That’s why we’ve teamed up with career advisors from VCU and the University of Richmond to tackle all your internship […]

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Student Issues. Student Perspectives.

Once a month we sit down with students for a video roundtable to hear their opinions on the latest issues, topics, and debates in Virginia politics. Watch as we bring you student perspectives on student issues. Follow us on Google+ for upcoming Hangouts for Higher Ed!

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What Not Having a Budget Will Mean for You

Virginia’s General Assembly adjourned they’re regular session on Saturday, March 8th without doing one thing that’s pretty important. They didn’t pass a budget. To find out what this could mean for students across Virginia, our Executive Director, Tom Kramer, sat down with a guy who knows a lot about higher education policy in Virginia. Peter […]

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