Education continues to be a key driver of financial security for many American households. Research has repeatedly shown that a college degree has a direct impact on upward economic mobility, particularly for those raised at the bottom of the income ladder. However, student debt is a growing burden for many families, causing concern for policymakers at all levels of government.
Increases in enrollment and tuition have contributed to the growth in student borrowing, but the realities of families’ balance sheets also play a central role: Many households earn enough to repay their loans, but a significant share is struggling. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau estimates that more than 1 in 4 student loan borrowers—10.5 million people—are delinquent or in default.
Please join us in our Washington office Oct. 6 for a series of discussions exploring the state of student loan repayment, the populations that are struggling the most, and options for legislative and regulatory reform. Panelists will discuss:
Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
|9-9:15 a.m.||Welcome and framing remarks|
|9:15-10:25 a.m.||Panel 1: Why are some borrowers struggling to repay their student loans?
Moderator: Danielle Douglas-Gabriel, The Washington Post
Susan Dynarski, University of Michigan
Sandy Baum, Urban Institute
Sarah Ducich, Navient
Deanne Loonin, attorney and advocate for student loan borrowers
|10:30-11:40 a.m.||Panel 2: Which borrowers are most at risk of delinquency and default? Who needs help, and who doesn't?
Moderator: Sarah Sattelmeyer, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Jeff Webster, TG
Fenaba Addo, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Walter Ochinko, Veterans Education Success
Stephanie Cellini, George Washington University
|11:40 a.m.-12:00 p.m.||Lunch|
|12:00-1:10 p.m.||Lunchtime panel: What solutions exist, and what’s possible, for at-risk borrowers?
Moderator: Travis Plunkett, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Seth Frotman, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
Jason Delisle, American Enterprise Institute
Pauline Abernathy, Institute for College Access and Success
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