Clare McCann

Senior Policy Analyst, Education Policy

Clare McCann is a senior policy analyst with New America's Education Policy program. She works on the higher education team, conducting research and analysis on issues including federal financial aid, data transparency, and accountability for institutions of higher education. She previously served as a senior policy advisor for the U.S. Department of Education. McCann holds a bachelor's degree from The George Washington University.

All Work

EDUCATION POLICY
A-Pell-and-a-Half Is Enough

Capping the year-round Pell Grant at 150 percent of his annual maximum would protect students and taxpayers while preventing abuses.


EDUCATION POLICY
Proceed Carefully with Pell-Funded Dual Enrollment Programs

Lawmakers support allowing high school students to enroll in college coursework using Pell grants. But these programs aren't without risks.


EDUCATION POLICY
New Transparency Cracks Open ‘Black Box’ of Accreditation

Clare McCann's blog post about a new policy concerning accrediting agencies was covered in POLITICO's Morning Education.


EDUCATION POLICY
DeVos’s Rollback of Servicing Guidance Raises Fears Among Borrowers’ Advocates

Clare McCann was quoted by the Chronicle of Higher Education regarding the impact of ED’s early actions on borrowing and financial aid.


EDUCATION POLICY
New Transparency Cracks Open ‘Black Box’ of Accreditation

Starting this week, the public can see information about institutions from accrediting agencies using common definitions of the actions.


EDUCATION POLICY
Low-Income Students Succeed—When Given the Opportunity

Given the chance, students from low-income families do just as well as their high-income peers at the same selective colleges.


EDUCATION POLICY
PSLF Needs to Be Implemented Responsibly

Applicants to the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program have had the rug pulled out from under them.


EDUCATION POLICY
Millions of Students Stranded by ED, IRS During FAFSA Filing Season

Millions of students will be hurt by the Department of Education's and IRS's inability to get the Data Retrieval Tool back online.


EDUCATION POLICY
What Did Black Colleges Win From Meetings With Trump?

Clare McCann was quoted in Higher Ed on Trump's budget proposal and the effect it will have on historically black colleges and universities.


EDUCATION POLICY
Reading the Tea Leaves: More Cuts to Student Aid Expected

The Administration wants to pull $3.9 billion out of the roughly $10.6 billion Pell program surplus.


EDUCATION POLICY
The "Skinny Budget" Starves Some Higher Ed Programs

The Trump Administration calls for a 13 percent cut to funding for the U.S. Department of Education and targeting some popular programs.


EDUCATION POLICY
Survey Says: College Presidents Concerned About Transparency

A new Inside Higher Ed survey of college presidents finds poor scores for transparency efforts.