Higher education financing is receiving historic levels of attention. Parents and students gather around kitchen tables struggling to put together the funds to pay the high price of college. State policymakers debate the value of higher education and appropriate levels of taxpayer investment. The federal government grapples with rising numbers of Pell Grant recipients and an expanding volume of student debt. Many question whether today’s system of higher education financing could be more affordable, cost-effective, and efficient.
Twenty-one national experts from a diverse set of backgrounds and sectors came together to examine the current evidence, debate ideas, and develop strategies for advancing a conversation about this new approach to higher education finance.