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.  His work focuses on student loans, federal accountability and state funding. Prior to joining New America, he worked for the Podesta Group, where he supported the firm's business development and higher education sectors. Ben also 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
New Cohort Default Rates Only Tell Part of the Story

The three-year cohort default rate is a critical measure of institutional quality—but it can also be misleading.


EDUCATION POLICY
States Can and Should Hold Federal Student Loan Servicers Accountable

Loan servicers should guide borrowers through a maze of repayment options. But several servicers have complicated that process.


EDUCATION POLICY
For-Profit Colleges' Own Inconsistency, Not the Federal Government’s, Poses Their Biggest Threat

Before negotiators started to redefine gainful employment, members of the public pointed out flaws in the critical debt-to-earnings ratio.


EDUCATION POLICY
Will Michigan’s Free-Tuition Guarantee Change the Game for Low-Income Students?

Ben Barrett was quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education about state plans for free tuition.


EDUCATION POLICY
How Much Would it Cost For-Profit Colleges to Pass Gainful Employment?

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?