For more than half a century, student financial aid programs have played a crucial role in increasing the number of Americans with access to a college education. Pell Grants, student loans, and G.I. Bill benefits have helped make America one of the most educated nations in the world.
But despite increased spending on financial aid programs, completion rates remain stagnant. Moreover, college tuition growth has eaten away at the purchasing power of grant programs and has saddled students and families with nearly $1 trillion in debt.
Instead of focusing on building new financial aid tools and approaches, contemporary education policy debates are prioritizing increasing grant amounts, expanding loan limits, or lowering interest rates. This research conference will push past tired discussions to explore opportunities for a more fundamental rethinking of the way aid is designed and delivered. At this conference, America’s foremost thinkers on financial aid reform will discuss 10 new pieces of research on how innovations in financial aid policy can
create a more effective and sustainable system.
If you are unable to attend, we welcome you to watch the event live on this page. Full video will be posted within 24 hours.
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