College students often take out loans they don't need, due in part to unhelpful communication from schools and loan servicers. California is trying to improve communication to ease that burden.
A federal lawsuit seeks to reinstate a federal rule requiring for-profit colleges to report the debt and earnings of its graduates.
Student debt levels in California were nearly flat compared to the year before, matching a national trend.
Amid for-profit college closures, more student borrowers apply to the U.S. Department of Education to cancel their federal education loan debts.
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The lawsuit follows similar actions by other states and California lawsuits against other for-profit colleges and student loan companies on behalf of student debtors.
A new report ranks California among the nation's worst in teaching about student loans, credit cards and personal finance.
Among California's 2016 graduates, 53 percent borrowed for education and their average total debt was $22,744. Only Utah and New Mexico had lower loads.