College students wait on the steps of the House of Representatives on Monday for Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, and GOP leaders to arrive for a news conference on federal student loan rates. AP photo
Prospective students tour Georgetown University's campus in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. The defeat of a student loan bill in the Senate on Wednesday clears the way for fresh negotiations to restore lower rates, but lawmakers are racing the clock before millions of students return to campus next month to find borrowing terms twice as high as when school let out. AP photo

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