Monthly Archives: July 2015

Analyzing Trends in Pell Grant Recipients and Expenditures

This post first appeared at the Brookings Institution’s Brown Center Chalkboard blog. The U.S. Department of Education recently released its annual report on the federal Pell Grant program, which provides detailed information about the program’s finances and who is receiving … Continue reading

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Examining Trends in Living Allowances for College

The National Center for Education Statistics released a new report and data on trends in the cost of attendance for different types of colleges, including data from the 2012-13 to 2014-15 academic years. The report shows that, among colleges operating … Continue reading

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Is Student Loan Debt Really a Crisis?

This article I wrote was originally published on The Conversation. Americans owed nearly $1.2 trillion in student loan debt as of March 2015, more than three times the amount of debt from just a decade ago. Part of this increase … Continue reading

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New Evidence on the Bennett Hypothesis and Federal Student Aid

One of the eternal debates in higher education policy is the validity of the Bennett Hypothesis, first stated by William Bennett (President Reagan’s Secretary of Education) in 1987: “If anything, increases in financial aid in recent years have enabled colleges … Continue reading

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