About Sandy Baum

Sandy Baum is an expert on the successes and challenges of higher education. She speaks and writes extensively about issues relating to college access, pricing, student aid policy, student debt, and affordability.

Baum’s recent book, Student Debt: Rhetoric and Realities of Higher Education Financing, uses data, research, and analysis to illustrate the problems with the current discourse surrounding student debt. This book and its policy recommendations provide the basis for a new and more constructive national agenda to make paying for college more manageable. Learn more about some of the policies in the book, or purchase a copy.

Other recent work focuses on student debt, college tuition, financial aid, college affordability, graduate students, higher education data, and insights from behavioral economics. Find selected recent publications here.

A sought-after expert in the field of higher education, Baum has testified before Senate and House committees on matters of higher-education finance and is a frequent commentator in national news media. Review recent news articles, or contact Baum for expert commentary here.

Baum is a senior fellow in the Income and Benefits Policy Center at the Urban Institute and was for many years a professor of economics at Skidmore College.

Baum earned her BA in sociology from Bryn Mawr College, where she serves on the board of trustees, and earned her PhD in economics from Columbia University.