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Senate Testimony on College Affordability


Wisconsin Scholars Longitudinal Study Director Sara Goldrick-Rab testified before the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) on April 16, 2013 in a hearing titled, “The Challenge of College Affordability: The Student Lens.”  Goldrick-Rab, an associate professor of educational policy studies and sociology, is an expert on college affordability whose research explores policies aimed at reducing socioeconomic and racial inequalities.

In the summary of her testimony provided to the HELP Committee, Goldrick-Rab stresses three points: that need-based grants matter for students’ educational success; that student loan program should not be used as a piggy bank to finance other aid; and that Congress and the states “must reverse the unconscionable trend of pushing people to take on levels of debt they are uncomfortable with, simply because they wish to become better educated.”

Full Committee Hearing Webcast- The Challenge of College Affordability: The Student Lens April 16, 2013
Written Testimony of Sara Goldrick-Rab April 16, 2013
United State Senate Committee Invitation April 9, 2013

Press Coverage:

April 17, 2013 Professor Testifies on Student Debt Before US Senate UWire
April 17, 2013 And So It Begins Inside Higher Ed
April 17, 2013 Students Tell Senate Financial Education Must Come Before College Debt So. Maryland Online
April 16, 2013 UW Professor Discourages Reliance on Student Loans Daily Cardinal
April 12, 2013 Goldrick-Rab to Testify Before US Senate Committee on College Affordability WISCAPE