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The Debt-Free College Act of 2018
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.
March 22, 2018
Addressing the Top Misconceptions about Debt-Free College
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.
September 28, 2016
Millions to the Middle
14 Big Ideas to Build a Strong & Diverse Middle Class
August 10, 2012
Beyond the Debt-For-Diploma System
10 Ways Student Debt Is Blocking the Economic Mobility of Young Americans
April 25, 2012
Heather C. McGhee
The Contract for College
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.
February 24, 2009
Subpriming Our Students: Why We Need a Strong Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
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.
December 2, 2009
Ending the Debt-For-Diploma System
Until about the mid-1990s, debt was the exception, not the rule.
August 22, 2013
The Affordable College Compact
A Federal-State Partnership to Increase State Investment and Return to Debt-Free Public Higher Education
September 16, 2014
The Case for Debt-Free College
Why a return to a debt-free system of public universities and colleges would help revive the promise of affordable higher education regardless of one’s family income.
August 10, 2015
It’s Time to Take Student Debt Cancellation and Debt Free College Seriously
Senator Elizabeth Warren just unveiled the first plan of the 2020 election cycle that comprehensively addresses both college affordability and student loan debt simultaneously.
April 22, 2019
These are the Questions We Should Be Asking in the Student Debt Cancellation Debate
The idea of canceling student debt has become a topic of considerable debate. Here's what you need to know about the Warren and Sanders student debt plans and what still needs to be answered.
July 3, 2019
We Have an Opportunity to Transform Higher Education for the Better. It’s Time to Do So.
An analysis of the House's recently introduced College Affordability Act.
October 15, 2019
Why The Latest Moderate Criticisms of Free College Don’t Make Sense
Some presidential candidates' critiques promote unhelpful assumptions about who tuition-free and debt-free college would actually serve. (Spoiler: it's not millionaires and billionaires.)
November 22, 2019
Roundup: The Wisconsin Voter Purge, Debt-Free College, and other must-reads
Fresh research and writing for the start of 2020.
January 8, 2020
Roundup: Six Good Reads that Have Racial Equity in Common
Resources to make sense of the student debt crisis, the administration's Public Charge rule, the realities of our big-money political system, and more
February 3, 2020
The True State of Our Union under the Trump Administration
Demos experts weigh in on the myths and mistruths inherent in the 2020 State of the Union
February 7, 2020
The Bloomberg Higher Ed Plan: Silent on Debt, Decent on Affordability
Bloomberg has quietly begun to roll out a series of policy proposals, and this week, it was higher education’s turn. His plan says a lot about where consensus currently is—and is not.
February 20, 2020
Five Ways Higher Education Can Stop Failing Black People
It is time for colleges, states, and the federal government to prove their commitment to Black students with policy action—not just well-meaning statements and gestures.
June 24, 2020
Forgiving Student Loans Makes Sense
The Fairness for Struggling Students Act should apply not only to private student loans but to government student loans as well.
April 13, 2012
Student Loan Debt Crisis Continues to Escalate
A new report from the New York Fed suggests that even while the rest of household debt improved since March, driven by decreasing credit card and housing debt, student loans have worsened.
August 29, 2012
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