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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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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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4 Things You Should Know About College Financial Aid

Feb 05, 2016

Jamie Merisotis shares what financial aid recipients need to know about getting the most out of their money.

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Lumina Issues Affordability Benchmark to Reset National Conversation About College Affordability

Aug 19, 2015

Lumina releases Affordability Benchmark for Higher Education to define a clear and common understanding of what “affordable” means to students and families.

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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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Financial Support Models Challenge Launched

Oct 06, 2014

Lumina seeks a model for a new student financial support system that will enable greater participation by lowering the barriers to completing postsecondary education.

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Paper series funded by Lumina Foundation explores new models of student financial support

April 14, 2014

Today Lumina Foundation releases a group of 15 expert papers that explore new models of student financial support. These papers are all aimed at addressing one of the biggest barriers to college completion: the amount of money students are required to pay to complete a postsecondary degree or certificate.

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