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Helping Struggling Borrowers and Fixing the Federal Student Loan System

Americans currently hold $1.5 trillion in outstanding federal student loan debt, with nearly one in five adults carrying a share of this burden. Less than half of new borrowers can put a dent in their principal balance within three years of entering repayment. Worse yet, some traditionally under-served populations carry disproportionately large debt burdens and are more likely to default. With reauthorization of the Higher Education Act on the horizon, now is the time to consider reforms.

Join Bipartisan Policy Center and the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program at 2261 Rayburn House Office Building | First St SE, Washington, DC 20004 as we explore solutions that could better-support existing borrowers, as well as reforms to improve the system moving forward. Join the conversation online with #BPCLive.

Keynote remarks by: Rep. Donna Shalala (D-FL)

Panel I Discussion

Panel II Discussion



Keynote Remarks by Rep. Donna Shalala | (D-FL)

Panel Discussions Featuring:

Jeff Andrade | Senior Vice President, McKeon Group

Kristen Fallon | Vice President of Congressional Affairs and Director of Policy & Strategy, Consumer Bankers Association

Rachel Fishman | Deputy Director for Research, Education Policy Program at New America

Ashley Harrington | Director of National Social Justice Program, United Negro College Fund

Tiffany Jones | Director of Higher Education Policy, The Education Trust

Julie Margetta Morgan | Co-founder and Executive Director, Great Democracy Initiative; Fellow, Roosevelt Institute

Douglas Webber | Associate Professor of Economics, Temple University



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