College Access and Affordability Amid Economic Crisis

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Expert:
Dr. Laura Perna
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania

Credentials:
• Expert in student loans and finances, paying for college, college affordability and choice, as well as access to and equity in higher education.
• Researches how individual characteristics, social structures and public policies enable or restrict women, racial/ethnic minorities and people of lower socio-economic status to gain opportunities in higher education.
• Highly credible resource for stories on issues related to paying for college.

Expert:
Dr. Joni Finney
Professor, Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania

Credentials:
• Expert in higher education, including public finance, statewide governance, access and the public financing and statewide governance of higher education, as well as access and accountability in higher education.
• Has worked for more than 20 years with state leaders to improve public policies that govern higher education and served as vice president of the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education for the past 10 years.