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09/12/2013
Blog Post

Finding the right bank for you can prevent major headaches down the road. That's why OSPIRG put together tips on easy things you can do to get the most out of your campus banking options. 

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07/24/2013
News Release

As students across the country prepare to return to campus this fall, textbooks remain one of the priciest items on their shopping lists. However, several new developments suggest the textbooks market may be reaching a turning point. 

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02/18/2013
Resource

This Activist Toolkit provides any intern or volunteer with the basic tools necessary to run strong campaigns and service projects and win reforms both on and off campus for students and the public interest.

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02/10/2013
Blog Post

Yesterday, the U of O’s OSPIRG chapter hosted its Peanut Butter in Bellies to generate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for Food for Lane County.  We engaged over forty volunteers in making 1041 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.  This year OSPIRG has generated nearly 1700 food items and raised over $1500 for Food for Lane County.    

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PIRG In The News

Insurance News Net

PORTLAND, Ore., July 6 -- The Oregon State Public Interest Research Groupissued the following news release:

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The Oregonian

As many as 900 colleges are pushing students into using payment cards that carry hefty costs, sometimes even to get to their financial aid money, according to a report to be released Wednesday by a public interest group.

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Time Magazine

Thought the student loan crisis was bad as it is? Now add hefty fees into that mix. Providers say students can avoid the fees that pile up when they elect to receive their financial aid on a debit card, but new research from a consumer advocacy group finds that these companies throw up roadblocks to keep the fee revenue rolling in, even as colleges make big bucks off their affiliations with these institutions.

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The Washington Post

Consumer advocates have long criticized the amount of fees associated with debit cards. Most recently, a report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund found that hundreds of colleges have partnerships with financial companies to put a student’s financial aid on debit or prepaid cards that carry hefty fees. Under some of these deals, official student photo ID cards can double as debit cards.

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