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
Highs and Lows of Higher Ed in the White House Budget Request

The White House released its fiscal year 2019 budget request to Congress today, with big implications for higher ed.


EDUCATION POLICY
Measuring Up

EDUCATION POLICY
Measuring Up

Using BLS data in the gainful employment calculations would bury any indication of program quality.


EDUCATION POLICY
Shining a Light on Award Letters that Leave Students in the Dark

After getting into college, students receive financial aid packages that are often missing key information about costs.


EDUCATION POLICY
New Data Contradict House HEA Proposal on Loan Limits

EDUCATION POLICY
House GOP Higher Ed Bill Could Limit D.C.’s Oversight of Student Loan Companies

Ben Barrett was quoted in the Washington Post on loosening regulations on student loan contractors.


EDUCATION POLICY
Holding the PROSPER Act Accountable

This first post in our series on Rep. Foxx's new HEA bill analyzes accountability under the proposal.


EDUCATION POLICY
A Not-So-Simple Simplification in the PROSPER Act

This second post in our series on Rep. Foxx's new HEA bill analyzes financial aid policies under the proposal.


EDUCATION POLICY
The “Innovation” Trap in the PROSPER Act

This third post in our series on Rep. Foxx's new HEA bill analyzes "innovation" policies under the proposal.


EDUCATION POLICY
Measuring Up: How BLS Data Would Inflate Incomes for Career Training Graduates

EDUCATION POLICY
Tug-of-War on Loan Servicing

Ben Barrett was quoted in Inside Higher Ed on increased regulations for student loan servicers.


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.