Kevin Stump is the Higher Education Advocate for the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG). He has been fighting to ensure that all New Yorkers have access to an affordable higher education in New York State. This includes keeping tuition down, protecting and expanding the New York State Tuition Assistance Program, increasing funding to SUNY and CUNY, lowering student loan interest rates, increasing investment into the Federal Pell Grant Program, and watchdogging any higher education policy that comes down the federal, state, and city pipeline. He sits on the Steering Committee of the New York State DREAM Coalition for NYPIRG as well as established and currently chairs the Coalition to Reform the New York State Tuition Assistance Program.
Kevin has been with NYPIRG since 2010 and has worked as a community organizer at SUNY Purchase, CUNY Hunter, and in the Hudson Valley working on a number of issues like environmental justice, consumer advocacy, voting rights, hunger and homelessness, redistricting and more. He received a BS in Community Organization & Advocacy with a concentration in Journalism from SUNY Plattsburgh and is working towards his MPA at CUNY Baruch.
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(New York City, NY) – Rates on subsidized Stafford student loans doubled on July 1st because Congress could not come up with an agreed upon solution. The House of Representatives passed a bad deal for students and the Senate passed no deal at all.
Sound familiar? That’s because it is. We had this fight just last year because the law that Congress passed in 2007 to incrementally lower interest rates on subsidized Stafford student loans — from 6.8% in 2008 down to 3.4% in 2011— was set to expire (and therefore double rates!) on July 1st of 2012.