Alexander Holt

Alexander Holt was a policy analyst with the Education Policy program at New America. As a member of the higher education team, he studied the economics of higher education as well as the effect of the nonprofit sector on the U.S. economy. His previous work has focused on student loans, especially Income-Based Repayment and Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Holt and his colleague Jason Delisle were the first to highlight the windfall benefits going to graduate students as a result of President Obama's changes to Income-Based Repayment. He is also one of the foremost experts on Income Share Agreements.

His writing has appeared in print or online for The Atlantic, Vox, Washington Monthly, Quartz, the Washington Post, the Nation, Pacific Standard, CNN, National Review, Inside Higher Ed, and others. Holt's research and comments have appeared in national publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, and Politico. Holt's writing won an Education Writers Association award for a piece in The Chronicle of Higher Education on Georgetown Law's questionable financial aid practices. He holds a BA from The George Washington University.

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EDUCATION POLICY
In the Interest of Few

If implemented, a federal student loan refinancing plan could cost taxpayers $58 billion, yet save the average household just $8 per month.


EDUCATION POLICY
Is New York's Free College Plan Indentured Servitude?

Governor Cuomo's free college plan forces students to stay in New York or face more student debt: a modern day indentured servitude.


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The Battle for Student-Debt Forgiveness by Young Farmers Goes Local

Alexander Holt was quoted by MarketWatch in an article about how the fight to forgive student loans has now shifted to cover young farmers.


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Title IX Enforcement and LGBT Students

Alex Holt was quoted in Inside Higher Ed about Title IX enforcement.


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The Conservative Approach to Student Loans

Alexander Holt was quoted in Inside Higher Ed about the conservative approach to student loan policies.


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How Trump Could Abolish the Department of Education

Donald Trump and Rep. Thomas Massie have both proposed eliminating the Department of Education. Here's how they could do it.


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Betsy Devos Signals She May Be Open to Changes to Loan Forgiveness Program for Public Servants

Alexander Holt was quoted in MarketWatch about how Congress could use reconciliation to make changes to Public Service Loan Forgiveness.


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How to Fix the Department of Education’s $100 Billion 'Miscalculation'

Alexander Holt was quoted in the Hill on the Department of Education's major accounting mistake.


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Little-Noticed Document Could Hint at Trump Higher Education Plan

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There are Better Priorities than Hunting Down Highly Educated Immigrants

Some Republicans want to threaten school's federal aid eligibility if they don't comply with immigration law.


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What Students Don't Like About Income-Share Agreements

New focus group findings help explain potential reasons students may not like Income-Share Agreements.


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Student-Debt Forgiveness Irks Some Borrowers

Alexander Holt was quoted in the Wall Street Journal about the complicated rules and lack of awareness around federal debt-relief programs.