NCL applauds Biden Administration’s new actions to minimize education costs

March 15, 2024

Media contact: National Consumers League – Melody Merin,, 202-207-2831

Washington, DC – Today, the Biden Administration announced new initiatives to reduce unnecessary fees consumers face when enrolled in higher education. The president’s proposed budget and the Department of Education are seeking to eliminate student loan origination fees, which cost consumers over $1 billion each year just to take out a loan; limit exploitative junk fees associated with financial services that colleges may provide through banking partnerships; require colleges to return unused “flex dollars” to students before they expire at the end of a semester; and eliminate restrictions that would prevent students from purchasing textbooks off-campus, where they may be sold at a lower price than the university would charge.

The following statement is attributable to National Consumers League Chief Executive Officer, Sally Greenberg:

“Higher education should be a marker of academic achievement, not something to be foreclosed because of a student’s economic background. If finalized, these new initiatives would reduce financial barriers that prevent many students from obtaining an advanced degree and leave others with years of debt. I urge Congress to fulfill the president’s proposed elimination of loan origination fees and look forward to the finalized rules from the Education Department.”


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