Jason D. Delisle

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    Jason Delisle is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he works on higher education financing with an emphasis on student loan programs.


In Selecting, and Paying for, College, Choice Has Benefits

Reviews of “Choosing College” by Michael B. Horn and Bob Moesta and “Indebted” by Caitlin Zaloom

Inspecting the Inspector General

Should Auditors Set the Terms of Debate on Federal Education Policy?

FALL 2018 / VOL. 18, NO. 4

The Tangled World of Teacher Debt

Clashing rules and uncertain benefits for federal student-loan subsidies

FALL 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 4

Opposing Perspectives on Student Debt

Is the college loan crisis reality or myth?

SPRING 2017 / VOL. 17, NO. 2

Blog Posts/Multimedia

Yes, There Really Is a Tax Break for Upper-Income Graduate Students and Congress Won’t Let it Expire

These resources would be better spent on aid that encourages students to enroll in and complete an undergraduate degree.


Lessons from Chile’s Transition to Free College

Supporters of free college proposals in the U.S. often look to Europe for case studies, but Chile may actually provide a better comparative study.


Two Student Loan Studies Everyone Missed

Perhaps these studies went widely unnoticed because they contradict popular narratives about student debt that imply the loan program ought to be more generous and lenient.


The Pell Grant Proxy: A Ubiquitous But Flawed Measure of Low-income Student Enrollment

Policymakers use the Pell Grant program to measure the share of low-income students enrolled at specific universities, but the reliability of this measure is rarely scrutinized.


Winners and Losers in President Trump’s Student Loan Plan

President Trump proposed major changes to the federal student loan program in his first budget request to Congress.


The Disinvestment Hypothesis: Don’t Blame State Budget Cuts for Rising Tuition at Public Universities

Surprisingly, researchers and the media have demanded very little evidence before concluding that state funding cuts are causing tuition to rise.


Race, Student Debt, and For-Profit Graduate Schools

Graduate school enrollment is exacerbating the black-white debt gap, but there is at best a weak case for calling out for-profit schools in that trend.


The Coming Public Service Loan Forgiveness Bonanza

Policymakers may be surprised to learn that the federal government already offers a broad and generous — maybe too generous — loan repayment program for public service workers.

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