Publications by Date

Strengths and Weaknesses of the Current System
Project on Student Debt, February 2006
This white paper analyzes the U.S. student loan programs' strengths and weaknesses and identifies practical ways to achieve a more rational and effective balance of borrower obligations and protections.
Defining Benchmarks for Manageable Student Debt
Project on Student Debt, November 2005
This paper examines current perceptions of "manageable" debt burdens, and establishes a range of empirically-derived thresholds, both to provide better advice to students, and to inform the design of loan forgiveness and debt management programs intended to relieve excessive debt burdens. This...
Project on Student Debt, November 2005

This paper examines the extent to which student loan debt discourages family formation, and proposes a policy to ease the burden of loan repayment for borrowers who have children.

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Project on Student Debt, November 2005

The Project on Student Debt cohosted a forum with the American Enterprise Institute in November of 2005. See the agenda and papers presented at this event.

The Project on Student Debt, October 2005
A new national survey of college and university presidents finds that 86% are concerned about the amount of debt students are taking on to pay for their education, and that they support a range of policy changes to reduce the burdens of student debt.
Debt Aversion as a Barrier to College Access
The Project on Student Debt, September 2005
When student loans are the only way to pay for college, who decides how much debt a degree is worth? Through interviews and a review of available research, this paper explores how debt aversion and conflicting views about the role of student loans affect young people, their families, and those who...
Student loans could be a more positive tool in college access efforts
National Crosstalk, August 2005
This article examines the costs and risks of relying on personal debt to finance higher education, and suggests practical alternatives to increase college access for all students.
The Project on Student Debt, May 2005
This report examines the process by which non-profit guaranty agencies can be converted to for-profit enterprises, and some of the conflicts of interest and inefficiencies that can result from such a shift.
Project on Student Debt, April 2005
Testimony of Robert Shireman, the director of the Project on Student Debt, before the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee of the United States Senate in April of 2005.
The Institute for College Access & Success, October 2004
This is a pdf of a powerpoint presentation given at the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute on college access marketing, with specific examples of marketing campaigns from across the country.

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