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Analysis of President Biden’s Announced Executive Order to Cancel Student Debt

92 percent of borrowers with federal student loan debt will receive up to $10,000 in cancellation. That amounts to 41 million out of 45 million total borrowers who will receive some cancellation. A...
Student Borrower Protection Center | August 24, 2022

OPM Contracts Reveal Risks for Students and Universities

What our analysis revealed about the risks OPMs might pose to students, as well as the powers schools are handing over to private contractors, is concerning.
Student Borrower Protection Center | July 19, 2022

The Government Gave Out Bad Loans. Students Deserve a Bailout.

Biden’s $10,000 in relief isn’t enough.
New York Times | May 17, 2022

What We Know So Far About President Biden's Plan to Forgive Student Loans

Eliminating $50,000 in debt for those who make less than $150,000 would wipe out the entire debt burden for 76% of borrowers, while eliminating $10,000 in debt would wipe out the entire debt burden...
TIME | May 11, 2022

Op-Ed: How the pandemic unfairly saddled low-income California college students with debt

"Institutional debts have compounded the pain of the pandemic on lower-income students. The Legislature should act now to lift the unfair burden."
Los Angeles Times | March 31, 2022

College endowments aren’t piggy banks. But some experts say wealthy schools could spend more.

"Record annual yields and 10-year returns nearing double digits for the biggest endowments proves the wealthiest schools can afford to loosen their purse strings, said Charlie Eaton, a sociology pr...
The Washington Post | Feb 19, 2022

The US economy has been 'more than fine' without your student debt

Student-loan payments have been on pause for nearly two years, with a recent extension through May 1. There's controversy over the merits of broad relief, with some arguing it's bad for the economy...
Insider | Jan 9, 2022

Our Broke Public Universities

Look beyond flagships, and you'll see that privatization has had devastating consequences for racial and social equity
The Chronicle of Higher Education | June 1, 2021

Elite private universities got much wealthier while most schools fell behind. My research found out why.

Insiders helped out insiders, and the rich got richer
The Washington Post | November 4, 2021

Student debt "feels like quicksand." Is loan forgiveness the answer?

42.9 million Americans had federal student loans as of last year, according to the National Student Loan Data System. Meanwhile, Federal Reserve Board statistics show outstanding student loans over...
CBS News | March 25, 2021

Op-Ed: Is it possible to fix the UC’s system of haves and have-nots?

Black and Latinx students are entering college at a far higher rate than ever before, but higher education in America remains racially divided and unequal. And California may well stand at the epic...
Los Angeles Times | March 2, 2021

Exclusive: These for-profit colleges could reap up to $1 billion in federal bailout money

Some eligible schools have been accused of fraud and misuse of federal student aid
Market Watch | April 9, 2020

Broke: the racial consequences of underfunding public universities

Q&A: Victor Ray with authors Laura Hamilton and Kelly Nielsen
Contexts | April 26, 2021

Broke: The Racial Consequences of Underfunding Public Universities

The two editors and two of the contributing authors to the new book Critical Praxis in Authors Laura Hamilton and Kelly Nielsen discuss their book Broke: The Racial Consequences of Underfunding Pub...
Student Affairs Now | December 15, 2021

Podcast Transcript: Is the University of California Broke?

Host Daniel Barwick interviews authors Laura Hamilton and Kelly Nielsen, who argue on the podcast that California has made decisions about UC that have impoverished campuses in a number of ways, li...
The Mortarboard Blog | August 31, 2021

Financialization of Higher Education

We discuss the financialization of higher education with Charlie Eaton (UC Merced)
Queens Podcast Lab | January 6, 2020

Everything Is Private Equity Now

Spurred by cheap loans and investors desperate to boost returns, buyout firms roam every corner of the corporate world
Bloomberg News | October 3, 2019

Warren Probes Apollo and KKR on Backing For-Profit Colleges

The Massachusetts Democrat has targeted six private-equity firms amid growing congressional scrutiny of the industry
The Wall Street Journal | Sept. 18, 2019

How Elite Colleges Hide THeir Cash

It’s an increasingly bipartisan view that elite private colleges are islands of wealth. And there’s good reason for that: It’s true
The New York Times | Nov. 10, 2017

Endowments Boom as Colleges Bury Earnings Overseas

American universities are using offshore strategies to swell their coffers, skirt taxes and obscure investments that could spark campus protests
The New York Times | Nov. 8, 2017

These states give more grant aid to college students in need than the feds

California, Wyoming and New Jersey provide more aid to low-income college students than the largest federal grant program does, new research shows, but most states give far less
The Washington Post | March 3, 2017