New York University’s Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy Hosts “Rethinking Student Aid” Policy Breakfast, Thurs. Feb. 26 at 8:30 a.m.

In a recent report, the Rethinking Student Aid study group-an independent team of policy experts, researchers, and higher education professionals-calls for new policies that would generate unprecedented breakthroughs in how students and their families prepare and plan for college. Led by Sandy Baum, professor of economics at Skidmore College, and Michael McPherson, president of the Spencer Foundation, the group advocates an innovative approach to close persistent gaps in access to college and to accelerate the achievement of college degrees among low and moderate-income students.

New York University’s Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy will host a policy breakfast on Thursday, February 26 at 8:30 a.m. in the Kimmel Center for University Life, 80 Washington Square South, Room 802. Baum and McPherson will present their proposals to a group of public policy experts, academics, and representatives from institutions of higher education.

To reserve a seat, interested reporters are asked to call Tim Farrell in the NYU Office of Public Affairs at 212.998.6797 or email at

Among the recommendations of the study group are calls to simplify the federal student aid system by eliminating the current application form for student aid; improve the federal loan process by eliminating the distinction between subsidized and unsubsidized loans; develop a federal savings program for low-income families; and reward states and institutions that support student success.

The Rethinking Student Aid study group was brought together by the College Board with support from the Lumina Foundation for Education and the Spencer and Andrew W. Mellon foundations.

  • WHAT: Rethinking Student Aid policy breakfast
  • WHO: Sandy Baum (Skidmore College); Michael McPherson (Spencer Foundation)
  • WHEN: Thursday, February 26 at 8:30 a.m.
  • WHERE: NYU’s Kimmel Center, Room 802, 80 Washington Square South

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