There He Goes Again: Student Loan Forgiveness and Senator Sanders

By Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute I’m a broken record. I admit it. I’ve written about this issue several times recently. Some of our readers may suggest that one more time is far too many, but I simply cannot help myself because Bernie Sanders has struck again. Yesterday, Senator Sanders, who is, for a second time, running for the Democratic … Continue reading There He Goes Again: Student Loan Forgiveness and Senator Sanders

A Lot of Talk About a $40 Million Tuition Gift

By Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute This past Saturday, Billionaire Robert F. Smith, who made his money in private tech equities, delivered the commencement address at Morehouse College in Atlanta and promised to pay the debt for the 400 graduates in attendance. Morehouse is no slouch institution. The all-male and almost all Black college[1] has a total cost of attendance … Continue reading A Lot of Talk About a $40 Million Tuition Gift

The Problem with Loan Forgiveness

By Dr. Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute Last week, Presidential nominee and Senator Elizabeth Warren called for the cancellation of student loan debt for 42 million borrowers. According to an article by InsideHigherEd.com, this would result in cancelation of $50,000 of loan debt for former students who incomes are less than $100,000 and even provide forgiveness for those with incomes up … Continue reading The Problem with Loan Forgiveness

You Can Pay Me Now, or Pay Me Later.

By Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute Back in 1971, the FRAM oil filter company introduced what would become a very popular commercial on TV that ended with this tag line: “You can pay me now, or pay me later.” The meaning being that the cost of a $10 oil filter could save you hundreds or thousands of dollars down the road. … Continue reading You Can Pay Me Now, or Pay Me Later.

Robin Hood, Michael Bloomberg, and College Affordability

By Watson Scott Swail, President & Senior Research Scholar, Educational Policy Institute Listen to today’s Swail Letter on iTunes and Soundcloud. This week, it was announced that the 11th richest person in the world, former New York City Mayor, and potential Democratic 2020 Candidate Michael Bloomberg gave his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University, a record-breaking $1.8 billion gift for student aid to ensure that their admissions … Continue reading Robin Hood, Michael Bloomberg, and College Affordability