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    Washington’s Education is Still Underfunded; the Legislature Remains in Contempt

    Issue Brief | November 7, 2017 | By John Burbank

    For a PDF of this report, click here. The Washington State Constitution states: “It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders, without distinction or preference on account of race, color, caste, or sex.” [1] In 2014, the State Supr

    Policymaker’s Guide to Pay It Forward

    Report | January 27, 2016 | By Kelli Smith

    Higher education is an avenue for individual achievement, an engine of economic growth, and a cornerstone of American democracy. In the not-too-distant past, state investment in public higher education ensured tuition was reasonably affordable (and college therefore accessible) to broad swaths of students fro

    Policymaker’s Guide to Pay It Forward: Technical Notes

    Report | January 27, 2016 | By Kelli Smith

    These technical notes accompany Policymaker’s Guide to Pay It Forward, and cover the following topics: Financial modeling and the Pay It Forward Interactive Calculator; Contribution rates and lengths for research universities, regional universities, and community/technical colleges; and A comparison of Pay It

    Testimony by Kelli Smith on HB 1344 – Pay It Forward for Washington Nurse Educators

    Testimony | February 5, 2015 | By Kelli Smith

    Testimony of Kelli Smith before the Washington State House Higher Education Committee on HB 1344 – “Pay It Forward for Washington Nurse Educators”, January 29, 2015. Chair Hansen and Members of the Committee: Washington is facing an increasing need and a simultaneous shortage of health care providers. Across

    Pay It Forward: A plan for Washington Nurse Educators

    Issue Brief | January 27, 2015 | By John Burbank

    The need for health professionals has increased dramatically in recent years, putting the nursing profession at a crossroads. Washington is no exception, facing a looming shortage not only nurses – which is expected to grow in the coming years – but also nurse educators. To meet the burgeoning need for nurses

    Game of Loans

    Fact Sheet | October 8, 2014 | By Kelli Smith

    Today, 7 in 10 students are graduating with an average $29,400 in debt, making them less likely to own homes, buy cars, graduate with a STEM degree, and spur economic growth. EOI’s Pay It Forward plan offers no upfront tuition while attending college – instead, students contribute a small percentage of post-c

    Pay It Forward: An update on national progress

    Fact Sheet | April 3, 2014 | By John Burbank

    Since December 2012, when Oregon legislators introduced the nation’s first Pay It Forward bill, the Economic Opportunity Institute has worked to build a national network of supporters, stakeholders, policy experts and legislators. The Pay It Forward approach to tuition-free higher education has captured the n

    SHB 2720 Pay It Forward: Restoring college access

    Fact Sheet | February 6, 2014 | By Maggie Humphreys

    Long-term declines in state higher education funding and recent severe budget cuts are pushing college out of reach for middle class and low-income students.  Facing stagnant household incomes, students and their families are forced to choose to either take on massive debt or shelve plans to attend college. B

    Pay It Forward: Debt-Free Access to Higher Education

    Issue Brief | October 17, 2013 | By John Burbank

    Students are losing their shot at the American Dream Long-term declines in state higher education funding and more recent severe budget cuts are pushing college out of reach for middle class and low-income students. Facing stagnant household incomes, students and their families are forced to choose to either

    John Burbank: Testimony on Pay it Forward, the Debt-Free Degree Plan for Vermonters

    Testimony | March 22, 2013 | By John Burbank

    Presentation given by John Burbank, Executive Director, EOI Presentation to the Vermont House and Senate Education Committees Pay It Forward is a pragmatic business model for funding higher education. How does it work? Replaces tuition with postgraduate contributions into a state trust fund Funds future stude

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