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
NASFAA’s Three Paths for FAFSA Applicants (Part 2)

This post will examine a recommendation in NASFAA's proposal dealing with how FAFSA applicants are sorted into three paths.


EDUCATION POLICY
NASFAA’s Take on Data for the FAFSA (Part 1)

In this post, we'll break down the details of how NASFAA proposes collecting and using data for the FAFSA.


EDUCATION POLICY
New Research on How States can Control Tuition Growth

New research finds that decentralized tuition setting authority and fixed caps on its rate of growth are associated with higher tuition.


EDUCATION POLICY
Gates FAFSA Proposal: What would this mean for families?

The Gates Foundation's proposed method for simplifying the FAFSA wouldn't change financial aid awards by much.


EDUCATION POLICY
Right on Schedule: Gates Proposes Simplifying the FAFSA

The Gates Foundation proposes a new way to simplify the FAFSA, a move to help families realize their college dreams.


EDUCATION POLICY
How Could Your Grocery Bill Affect the Price of College?

In an effort to rein in runaway tuition, some states are experimenting with ways to tie the price of college to median wages and inflation.


When March Madness Becomes May Sadness

New America ranked all 68 NCAA basketball teams who made it into the tournament based on how well they serve their players academically.


EDUCATION POLICY
When March Madness Becomes May Sadness

EDUCATION POLICY
Fixing a Fatal Flaw in Performance Based Funding

In 2013, 24 states had some sort of OBF model for four year institutions.


EDUCATION POLICY
Academic Football Playoff Series 2014

Last year, NCAA Division I football programs brought in a combined revenue of over $3.4 billion for their respective schools.


EDUCATION POLICY
Rethinking the Focus on District Leadership

The Broad Foundation’s decision to accept just two finalists and to then split the award between them spawned confusion and dissent.


EDUCATION POLICY
A Few of Our Favorite Banned Books

A few members of our team decided to share some of their favorite banned books.