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College finances: Going back to school complicated for some adults

Sep 20, 2018

We celebrate the idea that earning a bachelor’s degree results in an average of $1 million in additional lifetime income. But future earnings don’t mean much when you’re a student struggling to make rent, pay for tuition, and cover all your other expenses.

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More than tuition: College costs are often hard to figure

Aug 13, 2018

If we want to help more people earn college degrees, we’d better start by making the costs of college clear for all students trying to reach that goal.

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Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Improving college affordability

Feb 06, 2018

I testified about college affordability today before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee as it considers reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Here's a look at the prepared remarks, along with a video of the testimony.

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In Support of a Clear, Shared Definition of College Affordability

Nov 16, 2017

College affordability—two simple words. Two critically important, yet distressingly hollow words. Policymakers, college administrators, and student advocates all use this term, but no one seems to precisely define what it means or what achieving it would look like.

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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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What I told the DNC Platform Committee about college affordability

June 23, 2016

In 2016, 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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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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