2014 Assets Learning Conference

Financing Higher Education

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014
10:15 - 11:45 AM

Room: Salon 12

As the price of higher education continues to outpace inflation, affording the cost of college has become an increasing challenge for many families. According to the Pew Research Center, nearly half of young people without a four-year degree who aren’t currently enrolled in school report that they weren’t in college because they couldn’t afford it. Low-income families face a particular challenge, and this financial hurdle is a big reason why less than 10% of students from low-income families graduate from college by their mid-twenties. This session will provide participants the opportunity to learn from experts in the higher education field about trends in college costs, the role of federal financial aid in providing support to low-income students, and how the inability to meet the full costs of college has increased student loan debt burdens. Panelists and participants will also have the opportunity to explore the role that saving and asset-building can play in helping young students to prepare financially and emotionally for the rigors of college.


  • Eugena Oh, I Have A Dream Foundation
  • Caroline Ratcliffe, Urban Institute
  • Anne Sturtevant, College Board
  • Deborah Wilds, CFED Board Member (Moderator)


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