Presentations and Testimony


Presentation (slides): Five Myths About Student Loans
Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management 2016 Annual Fall Research Conference 
Washington, DC - November 2016


There’s a sensitivity that comes from being a first-generation college student, says Dynarski. Those struggles inform her theories and drive her research agenda. 

Boston, MA - September 2016 

The Education Policy Initiative hosted an international comparative conference to provide policymakers, analysts and press with cross-national perspectives on student debt and repayment. We convened leading international and domestic experts to discuss options to improve US student loan policies. The goal was to enrich the US conversation around student loans with perspectives on how other countries structure aid, borrowing and repayment.
Washington, DC - June 2016

Presentation (video): Is there a Student Debt Crisis? 
Rohit Chopra and Susan Dynarski discuss the repercussions of the $1.3 trillion dollar student loan deficit on higher education and economic inequality.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI - January 2016 


TED Talk (video): Why Financial Aid is Broken and a Simple Solution to Fix It 
The federal system of student financial aid is broken. For the low-income, first generation college students that aid intends to help, it’s a serious roadblock on the route to college. What if we eliminated the aid application altogether?
TEDx Indianapolis - November 2015

Do smaller classes in primary education promote student achievement? What other educational and social outcomes result from smaller classes?
Ministry of Education, Madrid, Spain - March 2014
Related Resources: Published Paper


Presentation (video)Loans for Educational Opportunity
University of Michigan's Susan Dynarski joins a panel discussion moderated by MIT's Michael Greenstone on making borrowing work for today's students through income-contingent repayment.
Hamilton Project Washington, DC - October, 2013
Related Resources: Published Paper


"We should simplify and focus the tax incentives, and coordinate them with Title IV programs." - Susan Dynarski

In testimony before the US Senate Finance Committee, Susan Dynarski proposed that the goal of federal aid and the education tax incentives is to open the doors of college to those who have the ability but not the means to attend. Through some simple reforms, the government can serve this goal more effectively and efficiently. The current education tax benefits provide relief for middle- and high-income families with children in college but do little to get more people into college.

Related Resources: Testimony of Susan Dynarski 

Inequality in wealth and income appears to be growing in the United States, and in some other areas of the world. This widening gap often leads to unequal opportunities in education, career paths, inter-generational upward mobility, and in politics.
California State University, Fullerton - May, 2012

Susan Dynarski provides testimony before the the US House Ways and Means Committee in Washington, DC, May, 2008.


Presentation (slides)Simplifying Student Aid
Council on Financing Higher Education, June 2007


Stanford University, March 2007


College Board Colloquium, January, 2007


Susan Dynarski provides testimony before the the US Senate Finance Committee in Washington, DC, December, 2006. Additional paper entered into record.

Center for American Progress, March, 2006


Presentation  (slides)Does College Pay Off? 
American Enterprise Institute, March, 2006


Testimony (slides)Tax Incentives for Education
Susan Dynarski provides testimony before the President's Commission on Federal Tax Reform in Washington, DC, March, 2005

Testimony before the US Senate Finance Committee, Washington, DC July 2004.