Type: Public event

Restructuring student loans: Lessons from abroad

Date & time

Jun 13, 2016, 1:00-5:00 pm EDT


Washington, DC

This free and public conference will provide policymakers, education practitioners and press with cross-national perspectives on student debt and repayment. The goal is to enrich the US conversation around student loans with perspectives on how other countries structure aid, borrowing and repayment. 

Learn more at: http://edpolicy.umich.edu/student-loans/

Join in the discussion: #EPIstudentdebt

We will hear from international loan experts Bruce Chapman, the architect of the Australian student loan program; Nick Barr, one of the primary architects of England’s 2006 student loan reforms; Lorraine Dearden, education director at the London-based Institute for Fiscal Studies; Christina Forsberg, director general of the Swedish Board for Study Support; and Achim Meyer Auf Der Heyde, secretary-general of Germany’s National Association for Student Affairs – DSW. 

The international session will be followed by a discussion with US-based student loan experts, who will explore how international insights could be applied to the US setting. Panelists include Matthew Chingos, senior fellow at the Urban Institute; Rohit Chopra, former student loan ombudsman and special advisor to the US Department of Education; Jason Delisle, director of the Federal Education Budget Project at New America Foundation; Susan Dynarski, professor of education, public policy, and economics at the University of Michigan; and Kevin James of the Jain Family Institute.



This conference is co-sponsored by the Urban Institute, the Australian National University and the University of Michigan, with additional funding provided by the ANU Research School of Economics, the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and the Spencer Foundation.