New Student Debt And Education Justice Program

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
01:00 AM - 4:00 PM

6th Floor Student Lounges
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC
6th Floor Student Lounge


Borrowers owe over $1 trillion in students loans. Default rates top 15% for loans taken to attend for-profit colleges, many of which provide poor educational programs. Students who default on loans—regardless of whether their job prospects improved after enrolling in the course— experience a host of negative consequences, including destroyed credit scores, wage and Social Security garnishments, lost security clearances and a debt burden that cannot be discharged, even in bankruptcy. Defaulting students lose the very economic mobility they sought through post-secondary education. The debt burden cripples low-income communities, undermines access to education, and poses a danger to the larger economy.

The Women and the Law Program’s new Student Debt and Education Justice Project will address the causes and consequences of student debt, particularly for low-income students. Join us for an inaugural panel as we explore how legal regulation and public policy governing higher education and student debt might be reformed or improved so that low-income borrowers are more likely to benefit from, rather than be harmed by, enrolling in institutions of higher education. Speakers include:

  • Chris Kirkham, The Huffington Post
  • Deanne Loonin, The National Consumer Law Center
  • Joseph Mais, The Institute for College Access and Success
  • Tobin Van Ostern, Center for American Progress
  • Spiros Protopsaltis, HELP Committee
  • Libby Masiuk, HELP Committee

Presented by the Program on Women and the Law

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