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.
Read Sandy’s February 2021 Urban Wire blog with Kristin Blagg, “Forgiving PLUS Debt for Low-Income Parent Borrowers”
Read Sandy’s December 2020 Urban Wire blog with Donald Marron, “What Would Forgiving Student Debt Mean for the Federal Budget?”
Visit Sandy’s new Urban Institute guide to state financial aid programs, “Building a State Financial Aid Program”
Read Sandy’ Inside Higher Ed piece on the impact of the pandemic, “The Pandemic’s Outsized Impact on Vulnerable Students”
Read Sandy’s Brookings Institution post with Adam Looney, “Who owes the most in student loans: New data from the Fed”
Read Sandy’s 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: Pathways to Success for Disadvantaged Students
by Harry J. Holzer & Sandy Baum
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.