Consumer Protection

Toy Safety Tips

From toxic chemicals to choking hazards to dangerous magnets, see what dangerous toys to watch out for while you shop.

Trouble in Toyland

The 2012 Trouble in Toyland report is the 27th annual U.S. Public Interest Research Group survey of toy safety. In this report, U.S. PIRG provides safety guidelines for consumers when purchasing toys for small children and provides examples of toys currently on store shelves that may pose potential safety hazards.

WISPIRG talks health care law, how it affects students

Six months after the Health Care Reform bill passed, we released a guide to help young people get health insurance

News Release | WISPIRG | Consumer Protection, Corporate

POLL SHOWS VOTERS FAVOR STRONG OVERSIGHT OF WALL STREET AND BACK NEW CFPB

Madison, WI – July 18, 2012 -- Financial reforms enacted in response to the financial  meltdown remain popular with those likely to vote in 2012, a new opinion poll by Lake Research Partners shows. The poll was commissioned by AARP, National Council of La Raza  (NCLR), the Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) and Americans for Financial Reform (AFR). Saturday July 21 will mark the two year anniversary of the Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which created the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), a new agency with a strong record of successes for consumers despite facing constant unfounded political attacks in its first year of work.

News Release | Student PIRGs | Consumer Protection, Higher Ed, Student Debt

Banks Skim Millions in Fees from Student Aid Using Debit-Card-Linked Student IDs

Washington, D.C. – Over 9 million students are at risk for increased educational debt, due to bank-affiliated student debit cards that come with high fees, insufficient consumer protections, and few options. Financial institutions now have affinity partnerships with almost 900 campuses nationwide, grafting bank products onto student IDs and other campus cards to become the primary recipient of billions in federal financial aid to distribute to students.

The Campus Debit Card Trap

Banks and other financial firms are taking advantage of a variety of opportunities to form partnerships with colleges and universities to produce campus student ID cards and to offer student aid disbursements on debit or prepaid cards. In addition to on-campus services, such as student ID functions offered on the card, some cards offer traditional debit card services linked to bank accounts; other cards provide additional reloadable prepaid card functions. The disbursement of financial aid and university refunds is the most significant partnership identified.

Student debt: It could get worse

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This July, students will see their federal student loan interest rates DOUBLE unless Congress acts. If that happens, some of us would pay almost $5000 more to repay our loans.

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FAILbook

Facebook makes it pretty tough for you to control who gets to see your personal information. This guide will walk you through, step by step, how to adjust your settings to control who can see your information on Facebook.

Groups target textbook prices to rein in college costs

A push to create free or inexpensive textbooks is gaining momentum as educators, philanthropists and policymakers nationwide search for new ways to rein in college costs.

Spring Kickoff this Wednesday!

By | Matt Kozlowski
State Board Chair

Come learn about our Spring campaigns and get involved at our Kickoff this Wednesday!

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