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How to Sustainably Finance Higher Education and Promote College Affordability

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The cost to attend college has skyrocketed over the past few decades, leading students to accrue increasing amounts of student debt and causing some to forgo pursuing a degree altogether. These rising prices partially stem from funding challenges at the state government level. Higher education often gets the short straw when those officials face the compounding impact of recessions, tax cuts, and a growing list of new priorities. As students struggle to keep up with price hikes, further action is needed to improve college affordability.

Join the Bipartisan Policy Center for a conversation on how states and the federal government can act together to chart a sustainable future that improves access and affordability throughout the higher education system.

Featured Participants:

Introductory remarks by:

Amy Loyd
Acting Assistant Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy and Strategic Initiatives, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education

Fireside chat with:

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME)
United States Senate

Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI)
United States Senate

Panel discussion with:

Wayne D. Lewis Jr.
President, Houghton College

Michele Streeter
Associate Director of Policy and Advocacy, The Institute for College Access & Success

Shanna L. Jackson
President, Nashville State Community College

Moderated by:

Danielle Douglas-Gabriel
Reporter, Washington Post

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