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Unpacking $1.5 Trillion: The Real Impact of Student Loan Debt and How We Turn the Page


By now, most people know the headline: “Americans hold $1.5 trillion in outstanding federal student loan debt, with nearly one in five adults carrying a share of this burden.”

So what? Well, this record-level student loan debt prevents households from saving in the short-term, reducing the ability to reach broader financial security and upward economic mobility. Worse yet, some traditionally under-served populations carry disproportionately large debt burdens and are more likely to default.

Join education technology company Chegg and the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program in a live webcast as we share new data to understand borrower’s experiences, explore cross-sector solutions that could better support existing borrowers, and, importantly, consider critical reforms to improve the system moving forward. Join the conversation online with #StudentLoanImpact.


Gary Brahm | Chancellor and CEO, Brandman University, @GaryBrahm
Fedora Galasso | Southern Regional Director, Young Invincibles, @FedoraGalasso
Adam Ordaz | Young Advocate Program, Young Invincibles, @Atom_Bomb21
Dan Rosensweig | President & CEO, Chegg, @DanRosensweig
Marlon Sullivan | Divisional VP of Human Resources, Abbott, @AbbottNews
Ajita Talwalker Menon | Former Special Assistant to the President for Higher Education Policy, @talwalker
Joanna Smith-Ramani | Managing Director, The Aspen Institute Financial Security Program (moderator)



Event information
Thu Sep 19, 2019
2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT