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The Debt-Free College Act of 2018 would create a new federal-state partnership that re-funds our neglected system of public colleges and job training.
As with any big reform, the push for debt-free college has been met with pushback among a skeptical elite. We have answers for their major concerns.
This Demos Explainer explores the tension between political support for deficit reduction versus job creation and economic security policies.
Virginia’s investment in higher education has decreased considerably over the past two decades, and its financial aid programs, though still some of the country’s most expansive, fail to reach many students with financial need.
Connecticut’s investment in higher education has decreased considerably over the past two decades, and its financial aid programs, though still some of the country’s most expansive, fail to reach many students with financial need.
State Higher Education Funding After the Recession
14 Big Ideas to Build a Strong & Diverse Middle Class
10 Ways Student Debt Is Blocking the Economic Mobility of Young Americans
How Higher Education Cuts Undermine the State’s Future Middle Class
While GDP has been steadily increasing, indicating a growing economy, other metrics of progress show a very different picture.
Dēmos has measured the comparative effectiveness of five leading fiscal proposals. We evaluate the plans in eight categories: jobs and public investment; health care affordability; Social Security income; education; defense policy; fair and adequate revenues; and long-term debt reduction.
The Contract for College would unify the existing three strands of federal financial aid — grants, loans and work-study — into a coherent, guaranteed financial aid package for students.
America's students are facing a serious threat from subprime private loans, and the situation could worsen unless Congress votes to close a potential loophole in the proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency.
Demos conducted a nationwide survey of low- and middle-income households in early 2012. The findings in this brief summarize the relationship between college costs and credit card debt, and its impact on students and their parents.
Until about the mid-1990s, debt was the exception, not the rule.
If nearly 70 percent of graduates are borrowing, 30 percent (including 35 percent of public college graduates) are not. Who are these students? What type of family or financial resources do they have at their disposal? What are their work habits? In short, what does it take to graduate debt-free these days? This brief answers these questions.
A Federal-State Partnership to Increase State Investment and Return to Debt-Free Public Higher Education
A Policy and Messaging Guide for States to Make Higher Education Affordable Again
Most states have very far to go in making their selective public institutions representative, and thus truly public.
A 50-State Look at Rising College Prices and the New American Student