Press Release: Posted 10/29/2013
The W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research Concludes Conference on Student Loans
The Upjohn Institute recently sponsored a research and policy conference on student loans held at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor from October 24–26. This topic has received extensive popular media coverage, but there has been a paucity of rigorous research, and what little there is has been isolated. With its co-sponsors, the Spencer Foundation and the Education Policy Initiative at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, the Institute convened leading scholars and policy advocates to present and discuss existing and new research on the growth of student loans and how they have influenced student higher educational experiences and employment-related outcomes. A portion of the conference also addressed potential solutions—both current and proposed—to help students with the growing difficulty of repayment.