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Increases on federal loan interest rates take effect Tuesday

Effective Tuesday, college students taking out loans for the 2014-2015 school year will see an interest rate increase for federal Stafford loans, PLUS loans and some graduate loans. The interest on an undergraduate Stafford loan will be raised from 3.66 percent to 4.66 percent. The graduate loans affected will now have 6.21 percent interest rates, […]

Defense team for alleged marathon bomber requests venue change for trial

The defense team representing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the man accused of placing two bombs at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon with his brother Tamerlan, requested a change of venue Wednesday for Tsarnaev’s trial, scheduled to begin in November. The attorneys cited a defense expert’s survey that indicated almost 60 percent of Boston’s population […]

BU under Title IX investigation for handling of sexual abuse complaint

Boston University is one of 55 colleges and universities under investigation for allegedly mishandling sexual violence and harassment complaints on campus, the Department of Education announced Thursday. The list, released publicly for the first time, includes schools that the DOE’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating for allegedly violating Title IX legislation, which prohibits discrimination […]

Mass. healthcare site sees low sign-ups due to glitches

After U.S. President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that the federal healthcare website is running smoothly, people turned to the Massachusetts healthcare site, which has seen stalling sign-up rates following a series of glitches and error messages. Jason Lefferts, director of communications at Massachusetts Health Connector, the Commonwealth’s healthcare website, said they chose to create their own healthcare […]

ACA extension period rejected by Mass. officials

Mass. Insurance Commissioner Joseph Murphy and Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick rejected U.S. Pres. Barack Obama’s request Monday for an extension period on expiring healthcare plans after one month of U.S. citizens attempting to enroll in the federal plan. “To change course at this time, and delay certain market reforms, could cause confusion and significant market disruption,” […]