REPORT RELEASE: Student Debt and the Class of 2019
Our 15th annual report, Student Debt and the Class of 2019, will document that debt levels remain near all-time highs and that some groups of students – particularly low-income students, Black and Latino students, and students who do not complete their programs – are the most likely to struggle to repay their loans.

POLICY PANEL: Fifteen Years of Student Debt
The panel will include leading higher education experts and policymakers to debate the most significant developments of the past 15 years of student aid policy and what will happen in the next 15 years.


  • Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senate
  • Barbara Lee, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Tom Harkin, U.S. Senate (retired)
  • James Kvaal, President of TICAS
  • Debbie Cochrane, Executive Vice President of TICAS
  • Bob Shireman, Senior Fellow at the Century Foundation and former President of TICAS
  • Pauline Abernathy, Chief Strategy Officer at ‎Benefits Data Trust and former Executive Vice President of TICAS
  • Lande Ajose, Senior Policy Advisor for Higher Education to Governor Gavin Newsom and former TICAS board member
  • Rosa Armendáriz, Dean of Student Engagement and Equity at Diablo Valley College and Secretary for the Board, TICAS
  • Lauren Asher, Independent Consultant and former President of TICAS
  • Richard Kazis, Independent Consultant and Chair of Board, TICAS
  • Ajita Menon, President and CEO of Calbright College and former TICAS Policy Advisor
  • Zakiya Smith Ellis, Chief Policy Advisor to New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Vice Chair of Board, TICAS