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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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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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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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Pell Grants: Celebrating 40 Years of Educational Access

Sep 10, 2012

Once a Pell grant recipient, Lumina President Jamie Merisotis was honored at the 40th anniversary celebration of the Pell grant—the nation's most important source of federal aid for low-income, minority and first-generation college students.

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