Economic Impact Study – Federal Student Loan Cancellation

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The Education Trust




District of Columbia

Organization Overview:

Ed Trust is comprised of fierce advocates for the high academic achievement of all students — pre-kindergarten through college, particularly those of color or living in poverty. Through research and advocacy, Ed Trust’s goal is to close the gaps in opportunity and achievement that affect millions of young people across the U.S. — especially students of color and those from low-income families. We work alongside educators, policymakers, parents, and community and business leaders across the country to advocate transforming schools and colleges into institutions that serve all students well. Lessons learned in these efforts, together with unflinching data analyses, help shape our state and national policy agendas.

Project Name:

Economic Impact Study – Federal Student Loan Cancellation
Project Type: 
Economic Impact Analysis

Project Overview:

The Education trust aims to influence ongoing discourse around higher education affordability and student loan debt. Our goal is to demonstrate the long-term value of debt cancellation programs and more specifically, how they impact students of color and low-income students. We are interested in the support of a Fels student to help calculate the ROI (disaggregated by race/ethnicity and state if possible) of a single debt cancellation or multiple debt cancellation proposals and create key documents that illustrate the social impact or “social return on investment” across a variety of metrics (economic, health, education, etc.).

Students will produce an analysis of the return on investment for a single debt cancellation or multiple debt cancellation proposals. This should be a written as a summary policy analysis, including policy recommendations, as well as 3-4 [short] briefs outlining the impact on specific populations or outcome metrics (economic, health, education, etc.).

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