Phillip Oliff


Phillip Oliff
Phillip Oliff
Project Director
Student Loan Research
The Pew Charitable Trusts


Phillip Oliff directs Pew’s student loan research project that focuses on the challenges of and possible solutions for student loan defaults and veterans’ higher education debt. Before that, he led Pew’s work exploring the fiscal and policy relationships between the federal and state governments on a variety of topics, including how federal budget and tax changes could affect states, the role that federal and state finances play in higher education, and surface transportation.

Oliff previously was a policy analyst at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, where he wrote reports on topics including education finance, state tax policy, states’ post-recession fiscal conditions, and the impact of emergency federal aid on state budgets.

Oliff holds a bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University’s College of Social Studies and a master’s in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Recent Work