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David A. Bergeron Archives

Improving College Access and Degree Attainment Through an Early Guarantee of Federal Financial Aid

College campus book_alt2 icon Report An early guarantee of federal financial aid would incentivize more students to earn postsecondary education credentials, along with other benefits.

by David A. Bergeron and Antoinette Flores | Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Better Banking Products on Campus

ATM withdrawalThe Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Safe Student Account Scorecard is a first step toward ensuring that college financial products are designed with students in mind.

by Joe Valenti, David A. Bergeron, Sarah Audelo | Monday, April 20, 2015

Increasing Postsecondary Attainment Through Smarter Student-Loan Repayment

Stanford tower book_alt2 icon Report A modern student-loan repayment system should promote affordable repayment and eliminate default by using the tax system to automatically enroll students in a single, simple repayment plan that suits them financially.

by Elizabeth Baylor and David A. Bergeron | Thursday, March 26, 2015

Strengthening Our Economy Through College for All

Penn State campus article icon Issue Brief The United States is less prepared than its competitor nations to meet the demands of the global economy. To address the current and growing skills gap, it is time to ensure that no one will have to worry about where to get the money to enroll in a public college in the United States.

by David A. Bergeron and Carmel Martin | Thursday, February 19, 2015

Examining Gainful Employment in Career Education

For-profit college studentThe effectiveness and approach of for-profit colleges has been questioned, resulting in efforts to define the legal requirement that the programs lead to gainful employment.

by David A. Bergeron | Friday, October 31, 2014

A Great Recession, a Great Retreat

UCLA book_alt2 icon Report Since the onset of the Great Recession, direct state investment in public universities and community colleges has declined. This report analyzes the retreat in funding in the 50 states and calls for a restored state-federal compact in postsecondary education to ensure that high-quality programs remain affordable and a central tenant of the American Dream.

by David A. Bergeron, Elizabeth Baylor, Antoinette Flores | Monday, October 27, 2014

What Congress Should Do to Give Student Loan Borrowers Hope For Relief

Student loans are the only debt that can't be discharged in bankruptcy. Joe Valenti and David Bergeron argue for two law changes to fix this.

by Joe Valenti and David A. Bergeron | Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Harnessing the Tax Code to Promote College Affordability

Graduates pose for photographs article icon Issue Brief Progressive reforms to the tax code can help support college access and affordability, and benefit student-loan borrowers.

by Joe Valenti, David A. Bergeron, Elizabeth Baylor | Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Lessons Learned

UWash article icon Issue Brief Higher-education institutions, particularly those that disproportionately serve students of color, play a critical role in educating low-income students and reducing economic inequality.

by David A. Bergeron, Farah Z. Ahmad, and Elizabeth Baylor | Thursday, April 10, 2014

What Does Value Look Like in Higher Education?

Student at college graduationStudents and families spend billions of dollars each year to pay tuition and fees at our nation’s colleges and universities without understanding the value of the college education for which they are paying. A college rating system could protect students and families while helping restore public confidence in higher education.

by David A. Bergeron | Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Public College Quality Compact for Students and Taxpayers

article icon Issue Brief Federal matching grants would allow states to significantly lower the cost of postsecondary education at public institutions.

by Elizabeth Baylor and David A. Bergeron | Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A Path Forward

College graduation book_alt2 icon Report The U.S. education system lacks clear pathways for students to follow from high school to a career. Emerging approaches to reform show promise for encouraging program completion, reducing costs, and improving the quality of education.

by David A. Bergeron | Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Resetting the Trillion-Dollar Student-Loan Debt Problem

Students at the University of Iowa article icon Issue Brief Students enrolled in our nation’s colleges and universities are borrowing at increasing rates, and the amounts they are borrowing are also growing. Here’s how refinancing can help.

by David A. Bergeron, Elizabeth Baylor, and Joe Valenti | Thursday, November 21, 2013

How Qualified Student Loans Could Protect Borrowers and Taxpayers

article icon Issue Brief Reforming the nation’s bankruptcy laws to include some student debt is a way to not only help troubled borrowers but also to foster better student loans and stronger academic programs.

by Joe Valenti and David A. Bergeron | Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The Bipartisan Student Loan Certainty Act Would Protect Our Students

Joe Manchin, Tom Harkin, Tom CarperUnder the bill, student-loan borrowers would get a reasonable interest rate that does not change over the life of the loan.

by David A. Bergeron | Tuesday, July 23, 2013