2 July 2018
The student loan industry’s influence on government policy must be exposed, and its role in the larger student debt crisis cannot be downplayed.
Julie Margetta Morgan, a Fellow with the Roosevelt Institute, explains how powerful industry players have succeeded in exploiting the student loan system “for the good of student loan borrowers”. Margetta Morgan also argues that advocates and researchers need to not only change the rules of the system, but also change the way we think about the system.
6 June 2018
Policymakers looking at free or debt free college plans must also ensure their proposals are not overly restrictive or based on inaccurate assumptions about students. Sara Garcia at the Center for American Progress lays out the four key principles that these free community college programs should consider as more states seek to increase college access.Affordability / Quality, Blog, Free Community College
“No Commencement in the Commonwealth” – A Look at How Massachusetts Higher Education is Underserving its Latino Students
30 May 2018
A new report by Ed Reform Now analyzes public higher education in the Bay State and reveals that the Latino graduation gap ranks 37th in the country.
Michael Dannenberg and Konrad Mugglestone examine how the Massachusetts higher education system is undeserving its Latino students and other students of color, and look at the research to give recommendations on how to improve college affordability and completion for these students.
11 May 2018
Many states have taken up the cause of providing free community college programs for their residents in the midst of rising student debt and costs of college. However, many programs are mirroring eligibility requirements that may be counter-productive to their mission of increasing college access for those most in need of it.
Jen Mishory of The Century Foundation continues her analysis of these free college programs proposed in the states.
2 May 2018
The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program allows millions the hope of one day being debt-free after years of service to their country, but despite increased investment in the program, threats of deep cuts remain in Congress. Allie Aguilera of the Young Invincibles argues the value of PSLF to both student borrowers and employers in public service industries, as well as the ways to improve the program and expand eligibility for those serving our country.Blog, Existing Student Debt, Partners