May 26

Past Event

The Future of Student Financial Aid

Event Materials


President Obama has committed the nation to the goal of having the world's highest rate of college graduates by 2020. The funding and delivery of student financial aid will be critical to the chances of reaching that goal. To that end, the president has announced plans for an overhaul of the federal college loan system.

On May 26, the Brown Center on Education Policy at Brookings hosted an event to explore ways of improving the effectiveness of student financial aid. Brown Center Director and Senior Fellow Grover (Russ) Whitehurst moderated the panel discussion. Participants included Deputy Undersecretary of Education Robert Shireman; Michael McPherson of the Spencer Foundation; Sandy Baum from the College Board; Philip Day from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, and Celia Sims, legislative assistant to Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC).

Event Agenda

  • Moderator

  • Panelists

    • Robert Shireman

      Deputy Undersecretary, U.S. Department of Education

    • Michael McPherson

      President, The Spencer Foundation

    • Sandy Baum

      Senior Policy Analyst, College Board

      Professor of Economics, Skidmore College

    • Philip Day

      CEO and President, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators

    • Celia Sims

      Legislative Assistant, Office of U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC)


May 26, 2009

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT

The Brookings Institution

Falk Auditorium

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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