Higher Education

As centers of education, research, and innovation, public colleges and universities spur economic development throughout the state. They help train and educate our ever-growing workforce, ensuring our state remains competitive in the global economy, and access to higher education is a key contributor to family economic security and upward mobility.


Research and Publications

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Game of Loans

Fact Sheet | October 8, 2014

Today, 7 in 10 students are graduating with an average $29,400 in debt, making them less l

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Pay It Forward: An update on national progress

Fact Sheet | April 3, 2014

Since December 2012, when Oregon legislators introduced the nation’s first Pay It Forward

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Latest Blog Posts

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Pay It Forward legislative update: February 25, 2015

Kelli Smith | February 25, 2015

The opportunity for higher education is a cornerstone of our democracy and our economy. Bu

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New Jersey creates ‘Pay it Forward’ task force to address college costs

Kelli Smith | February 10, 2015

New Jersey will create a task force to study how to make college more affordable for the s

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Why it Matters