Coverage of The Real College Debt Crisis

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Our first book event was in New York City. Hosted at the Civic Center by New America, Paying the Price featured discussion by Meta Brown of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, along with AEDI's Dr. Willie Elliott and Melinda Lewis. The conversation was moderated by Anya Kamenetz of National Pubic Radio. A podcast of the event is available. We then traveled to Washington, DC for an event on Wednesday morning at New America's DC offices, where we had a spirited conversation with Kevin Carey, Education Director at New America and Mark Huelsman of Demos, moderated by Danielle Douglas-Gabriel of the Washington Post. A video of that event is also available, thanks to New America's generous hosting.

We have enjoyed the conversations with attendees at the events, including members of the media. So far, the book and the issues it raises have been discussed in The National Review, Good Call, Inside Sources, USA Today, and NBC News, and by the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and New America's Asset Building News. We also produced a podcast with New Books in Education, for a more academic audience. We will share other perspectives as they appear and, again, look forward to your reactions, as well.

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New Book Released

Today’s student loan system is in place because of a political compromise, and growing discontent with student debt may signal that this arrangement has run its course. While there are resources and organizations in place to help those struggling with debt, the time has come to consider a new direction for financial aid, William Elliott III and Melinda Lewis argue in “Student Debt: A Reference Handbook.”

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  • One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
  • Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
  • 44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
    —U.S. News & World Report
  • Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
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