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Hillman speaks with WORT-FM about the ‘real cost of college’

August 09, 2019

UW–Madison’s Nicholas Hillman recently appeared on WORT-FM’s “A Public Affair” program for a segment titled, “The Real Cost of College.”

On July 26, “A Public Affair” guest host Nina Kravinsky was examining why getting a college degree can be so expensive — and what effect that may be having on students, borrowers, and the economy.

Nick Hillman
Hillman is an expert in higher education finance who is an associate professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. He also directs the university’s Student Success Through Applied Research (SSTAR) Lab, and is an affiliate of the Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE).

A web page talking about the segment explains that “student loan debt in the United States has increased significantly over the past decade, jumping from $600 billion in 2008 to over $1.5 trillion today. Several Democratic presidential candidates, including Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, have proposed student loan debt cancellation or free college as a major issue in their platforms.”

The WORT write-up adds how Hillman helps the listeners “get a full picture of the cost of attendance, the generational divide when it comes to college, proposed solutions at the university and federal levels, and the importance of higher education for aspiring students.”

To hear what Hillman has to stay about these important, nuanced topics, listen to his interview with “A Public Affair” guest host Nina Kravinsky via this web page.

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