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Zakiya Smith

Zakiya Smith is a strategy director at Lumina, where she leads the work of the Foundation to examine postsecondary finance to make education more affordable and to inform federal policy on a broad variety of issues relevant to the Foundation.Prior to her work in philanthropy, Dr. Smith served as a...Read bio »

The sad truth about the student debt crisis: Policymakers still don't get it

Aug 08, 2016

I’ve sat with many policymakers in my career. I’ve seen them strategize solutions to make education more accessible, increase levels of college completion, and reduce the burden of student loan debt. But they’re missing something when it comes to student debt…

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What I told the DNC Platform Committee about college affordability

June 23, 2016

Last week, I testified before the DNC Platform Committee hearing about higher education and college affordability. Here's what I said: Today some sort of postsecondary education is basically a prerequisite to a middle-class lifestyle. It is projected that by 2020 65% of new jobs will require a postsecondary credential…

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Testimony of Zakiya Smith before Democratic Platform Committee

June 08, 2016

Education, employment, and good jobs are interconnected issues that are front of mind for many Americans these days. Today some sort of postsecondary education is basically a prerequisite to a middle class lifestyle. It is projected that by 2020 65% of new jobs will require a postsecondary education—that is something beyond the high school diploma.

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Zakiya Smith discusses the value of higher education on Larry King Now

Nov 07, 2014

With soaring tuition costs and rising student debt levels, many Americans are questioning the value of a college degree. Larry welcomes an esteemed group of educators and experts to assess the state of higher education in America.

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Film Series Explores the History of Federal Financial Aid

Oct 22, 2014

Please join us for Looking Back to Move Forward: A History of Federal Financial Aid. Beginning on November 3, 2014, Lumina Foundation and the Institute for Higher Education Policy invite you to view a mini-documentary film series on the historical and political context of federal financial aid.

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