This presentation outlines the ways that student debt both contributes to, and is a cause of, America’s historic and persistent racial wealth divide.
Testimony and Public Comment
Mark Huelsman
It’s crucial that the U.S. Congress and the Department of Education act swiftly and aggressively and provide states and institutions with much-needed support before it’s too late.
In the media
Mark Huelsman
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Feet of people sitting on a bus, from a low angle
Felony disenfranchisement is one of several ways people get stripped of their power.
Blog
Chiraag Bains
Amy Traub
Mark Huelsman
Naila Awan
Gwyn Ellsworth
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Michael Bloomberg speaking at podium (Creative Commons credit: Be the Change Inc)
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.
Blog
Mark Huelsman
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US Capitol Building in Washington D.C.
Demos experts weigh in on the myths and mistruths inherent in the 2020 State of the Union
Blog
Lew Daly
Mark Huelsman
Amy Traub
Laura Williamson
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A circle of multi-racial hands extended and reaching for the light
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
Blog
Gwyn Ellsworth
"Income is actually a somewhat imperfect way to judge whether or not a family is financially secure. The typical black family making $100,000 has a lot less wealth than the typical white family making $100,000."
In the media
Danielle Kurtzleben
Fresh research and writing for the start of 2020.
Blog
Gwyn Ellsworth
"In today’s competitive economy, nothing is more important than getting a college education. Yet college tuition costs in the U.S. have been increasing at a breakneck pace, making college unaffordable for millions of Americans.”
In the media
Abigail Hess
"The percent of low-income students borrowing for a bachelor’s degree is unconscionably high, particularly if you consider their debt loads as a percent of their family income and wealth. Even if low-income students and high-income students were borrowing the exact same amount for college, that debt
In the media
Rick Seltzer