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Hillman to take part in Federal Reserve conference examining student loan debt

November 23, 2016

UW-Madison’s Nicholas Hillman will be taking part in a conference Nov. 28-29 in Washington, D.C., that’s being hosted by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.

The conference is titled, “Addressing the Risks of Pursuing Post-Secondary Education.”

“One in 10 people default on their student loan each year and millions more are behind on their monthly payments,” says Hillman, an associate professor with the School of Education's Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. “This conference brings researchers and practitioners together to help figure out the causes and consequences of these trends.”

Nicholas Hillman
According to a web page promoting the event: “Although the economic returns to investments in post-secondary education are generally positive, many students carry debt burdens that can limit their economic opportunities. This conference will focus on potential areas of risk for individuals pursuing post-secondary education and on groups most likely to experience negative outcomes when encountering such risk areas. The conference will also address approaches to reducing these risks and improving outcomes for students.”

Hillman is taking part in a panel discussion on Monday, Nov. 28 titled, “Groups at Risk of Negative Returns to Education Investment.” This session will be moderated by William Spriggs of Howard University, and will also include: Nicole Smith of Georgetown University; Stella Flores of New York University; and Ozan Jaquette from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Hillman is a faculty affiliate with UW-Madison's La Follette School of Public Affairs, and also is a Wisconsin Center for the Advancement of Postsecondary Education (WISCAPE) faculty affiliate. He studies higher education finance and policy, and his research focuses on how policies affect educational access and success.

The event is expected to be streamed for public viewing and the presentations are to be available for download. For more details, visit this Federal Reserve web page.