America has some of the finest colleges in the world, but the promise of higher education is realized by too few. The Ed Trust’s new report, “Doing Away With Debt: Using Existing Resources to Ensure College Affordability for Low and Middle Income Families,” suggests that for students who are willing to study, work, or serve their communities, the federal and state governments, along with their institutions, should make sure they can afford to go to college without the fear of crushing student loan debt.

Here’s what people are saying about “Doing Away With Debt“:

“Visionary. … A powerful conception of shared responsibility.”—Ronald Brownstein, National Journal

“Addresses the root causes of the debt-for-diploma system.” —Tamara Draut, author, Strapped: Why America’s 20- and 30-Somethings Can’t Get Ahead

“One of the most comprehensive and most thoughtful proposals [funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation].” —Robert Moran, American Association of State Colleges and Universities

“The words debt-free college are music to students’ ears.” —Rory O’Sullivan, Young Invincibles

“A contribution … that is much needed and long overdue.” —Travis Reindl, formerly with the National Governors Association

Executive Summary

Published: February 14, 2013

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