Ben Barrett

Program Associate, Education Policy Program

Ben Barrett is a program associate with the Education Policy program at New America, where he is a member of the higher education team. Ben previously interned with the U.S. Department of Education and the Texas House of Representatives.

He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a dual degree in Plan II Honors and government.

All Work

EDUCATION POLICY
Changes to the Future of Student Loan Servicing

EDUCATION POLICY
Choppy Waters: How the Student Loan System Reverses Progress for Previously Defaulted Borrowers

It’s bad news for the most promising group of borrowers in default.


EDUCATION POLICY
Off Limits: More to Learn Before Congress Allows Colleges to Restrict Student Borrowing

EDUCATION POLICY
Off Limits

If institutions are granted the power to limit student borrowing, how might they choose to do so?


EDUCATION POLICY
Many For-Profit Colleges are Not What They Seem

Out of context, many for-profit colleges appear to offer higher economic mobility rates than the average community college.


EDUCATION POLICY
The IRS Has Hired A Debt Collector That Is Being Sued By The Government

Ben Barrett was quoted by Buzzfeed regarding an IRS-contracted debt collector currently being sued by the federal government.


EDUCATION POLICY
Students Aren't Only Ones Confused by Federal Financial Aid

How might giving out financial aid incrementally over the course of the semester, instead of in one lump sum impact student success?


How Budget Battles are Stacked Against Higher Education

Michigan highlights how federal budget cuts can harm public colleges and universities.


EDUCATION POLICY
College Access is Still a Problem

In our segregated system of higher education, the meager number of low-income students at the nation’s top schools remains a real problem.


EDUCATION POLICY
Is Higher Education the Gateway to the Middle Class?

Groundbreaking new research offers a major step forward in our understanding of higher education and economic mobility.


EDUCATION POLICY
This Congress Says it Will Fix the Student Loan Mess. Here is Their Plan.

Ben Barrett was quoted in Circa about Congressional attempts to streamline financial aid and student loan programs.


EDUCATION POLICY
Culture Wars Now Waged with Federal Education Funding

Schools will continue to be a battlefield for civil rights, but the changing way higher education has been funded comes with tradeoffs.