Ben Miller

Former Higher Education Research Director, Education Policy Program

Ben Miller was the higher education research director at New America, where he provided research and analysis on policies related to postsecondary education. He is currently the senior director for postsecondary education at the Center for American Progress.


Previously, Miller was a senior policy advisor in the Office of Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Development in the U.S. Department of Education. While there he helped develop policy proposals for the president’s annual budget request to Congress related to higher education completion, cost, innovation, quality, and student financial aid. He also worked on regulatory issues related to gainful employment, as well as managing a portfolio of programs that included GEAR UP, TRIO, the Title III and V institutional programs, and the Investing in Innovation Program. Prior to the Department of Education, Miller served as a policy analyst at Education Sector, a nonpartisan think tank, where he wrote on issues such as gainful employment, the use of technology to improve student learning and reduce costs, and graduation rates. He also previously worked at the New America Foundation as a program associate. Miller’s work has appeared in or been cited by the Washington Monthly, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, and Houston Chronicle, among other outlets. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and economics from Brown University.

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Beyond Access: How Texas and California Are Accommodating Increased Hispanic College Enrollment

Adapting campuses, classes, and processes to better serve Hispanic students will be a crucial step toward meeting national attainment goals.


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Beyond Access

Adapting campuses, classes, and processes to better serve Hispanic students will be a crucial step toward meeting national attainment goals.


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College Operator Hid “Extraordinary Failure” Of Its Student Loans, SEC Alleges

It is also facing an ongoing investigation from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, which has accused it of running a predatory lendin


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Insufficient Protections at the Department of Education

Forgiving loans costs taxpayers money, and getting funds from for-profit colleges while they are collapsing is too late. Instead, the Depart


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Corinthian Students Face Tough Choice to Discharge Loans

"Do they decide to continue on in coursework they may have started or do they decide to step away and get a fresh start from debt?" said Ben


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Campus Confusion: Corinthian Colleges Students Face Uncertain Future

That job is a privilege Ben Miller, a senior policy analyst at the New America Foundation’s Education Policy Program, finds “a bit worrisome


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16,000 Corinthian students wonder: What next?

Heald is different. For-profit college critic Ben Miller told CBS MoneyWatch it has a "better brand" than the other schools. Its accreditati


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These states will take away your driver’s license if you default on student loans

Online schools offering degrees that often failed to earn their graduates steady jobs began to crop up around then, too, Ben Miller, a senio


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Corinthian’s collapse heightens calls for loan forgiveness

Just a year ago, the company was a giant in the for-profit college industry. But the conclusion of its drawn-out collapse is less telling as


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College “bait and switch”

“Bait–and-switch pricing.” That’s how Ben Miller, a senior policy analyst at the Washington think tank the New America Foundation, describes


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How Colleges are Squeezing Students on Financial Aid

The practice is well-known to education policy analysts. Ben Miller, a senior policy analyst at the liberal think tank the New America Found


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The Education Department Is Working On A Process For Forgiving Student Loans

The department is walking a fine line as it formalizes a process for student debt forgiveness, said Ben Miller, a senior education policy an