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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.)
Blog
Mark Huelsman
"Through this bill, the maximum Pell Grant would cover 31% of the total cost of college, so it moves us in a better direction."
In the media
Zach Schermele
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An analysis of the House's recently introduced College Affordability Act.
Blog
Mark Huelsman
"We have depressed ourselves into a mindset in which $30,000 in debt is acceptable for a degree."
In the media
Rashaan Ayesh
“We have depressed ourselves into a mindset in which $30,000 in debt is acceptable for a degree.”
In the media
Chris Quintana
“Education is supposed to be the great equalizer in America."
In the media
Donna Owens
"You can’t talk about student debt without talking about the Great Recession."
In the media
Jillian Berman
“There’s a generational fairness issue."
In the media
Misyrlena Egkolfopoulou
“It’s a lot of debt out there. But that debt and the burden of that debt is not necessarily being felt equally. It’s extremely difficult for borrowers of color in particular."
In the media
Ralston Ramsay
To fairly evaluate any higher education reform proposal, we must understand the ways that these dual burdens—less wealth and more debt—lead to worse outcomes for Black students than white students.
Research
Suzanne Kahn
Mark Huelsman
Jen Mishory