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Bradley D. Custer is a senior policy analyst for Postsecondary Education at American Progress. He previously worked in student affairs administration at three higher education institutions. As a researcher, he studies policies that are barriers for college students who were previously involved in the criminal justice system. His research is published in peer-reviewed journals in the fields of higher education, criminal justice, and law, including Research in Higher Education, Community College Journal of Research and Practice, Criminal Justice Policy Review, and Journal of College and University Law.

Custer holds a doctorate in higher, adult, and lifelong education from Michigan State University, a master’s in student affairs in higher education from Wright State University, and bachelor’s in both instrumental music education and French from Capital University.

By Bradley D. Custer
3 Ways the Biden Administration Can Give Second Chances to Justice-Impacted College StudentsCenter for American ProgressApril 19, 2021
The History of Denying Federal Financial Aid to System-Impacted StudentsJournal of Student Financial AidFebruary 11, 2021
Being A Good College Student: The History of Good Moral Character Rules in State Financial Aid Programs, 1850 to NowBYU Education & Law JournalJanuary 15, 2021
Federal Financial Aid for College Students With Criminal ConvictionsCenter for American ProgressDecember 17, 2020
5 Interesting Ways Governors Are Spending CARES Act GEER Funds on Higher EducationCenter for American ProgressOctober 26, 2020
District Boundaries Affect Racial Representation at Michigan Community CollegesCenter for American ProgressOctober 15, 2020
Eliminating the Pennsylvania Rule That Bars Incarcerated Students From Getting Financial AidCenter for American ProgressAugust 26, 2020
Stanford University Can Help More Students by Donating CARES Act Aid to Community CollegesCenter for American ProgressMay 4, 2020