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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Failures By Obama Team Put Student Debt Forgiveness In Jeopardy

Kevin Carey and Alexander Holt were quoted in BuzzFeed News about the underestimated costs of the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

Department of Education's Budget Estimates Cannot Be Trusted

A new GAO report shows gross negligence estimating the cost of income-driven repayment.

How Trump Will Try to End Political Correctness

Donald Trump hates political correctness. He could try to end it, at least on college campuses.

No, Donald Trump Will Not Eliminate the Department of Education

How Obama-Trump Transition Could Affect Higher Ed

Alexander Holt was quoted in Inside Higher Ed about the source of higher education reform under a Trump administration.

Trump’s Win Leaves Obama’s Higher Education Reforms in Doubt

Alexander Holt was quoted in the Washington Post about potential higher education policies instituted by President Trump.

Trump Said He Would ‘End’ Political Correctness on Campuses. Could a President Do That?

Alexander Holt was quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education about how Donald Trump might go about ending political correctness on campus.

Why High-Tech Boot Camps Are Appealing to Students and Lenders

Alexander Holt was interviewed on PBS Newshour as part of a point-counterpoint segment with Secretary of Education John King.

Soaring Student Debt Prompts Calls for Relief

Alexander Holt was quoted in the Wall Street Journal about congressional proposals to mitigate soaring student debt.

College Lobby Group Will Oversee Flow Of Federal Aid Dollars In New Experiment

Alexander Holt was quoted in Buzzfeed about the Obama administration's new alternative provider pilot program.

Department of Education Says Industry Lobbyists Are Future of Higher Education Accountability

The Department of Education wants the chief higher education lobby to hold schools accountable for whether they receive federal dollars.

Universal Basic Income and the New Corporatist Democrats

Alexander Holt examines how Universal Basic Income might finally find a champion.