Combining data, research, and analysis, Sandy Baum writes and speaks extensively on the successes and challenges of higher education in the United States with a focus on financing, access, and affordability.

Recently Released

Read Sandy’s Brookings Institution post with Adam Looney, “Who owes the most in student loans: New data from the Fed

Visit Sandy’s new Urban Institute guide to state grant aid, Building a State Financial Aid Program

Read Sandy’ review of Caitlin Zaloom’s Indebted: How Families Make College Work at Any Cost 

Listen to Sandy’s June 2019 podcast on  Trusteeship Radio
“Demystifying Endowments”

Read Sandy’s latest Op-Ed, published by the Washington Post
May 3, 2019
‘Free tuition’ is the opposite of progressive policymaking
It’s presented as leveling the playing field. It would worsen economic inequality.

By Sandy Baum and Sarah Turner

Visit Urban Wire, the blog of the Urban Institute, to read Sandy’s regular posts.


making college work

Making College Work: Pathways to Success for Disadvantaged Students 
by Harry J. Holzer & Sandy Baum

View an in-depth presentation here


Student Debt: Rhetoric and Realities of Higher Education Financing, uses evidence to explain the realities of student debt and how the current discourse obscures serious problems in how Americans make decisions about and pay for college.

Learn more about some of the policy recommendations in the book or purchase a copy.