Clare McCann

Deputy Director for Federal Policy, Education Policy

Clare McCann is the deputy director for federal higher education policy 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
White House Would Slash Student Aid and NSF

Clare McCann was quoted in Inside Higher Ed on the symbolism of the Trump administration's education budget.


EDUCATION POLICY
Democratic Bill Pitches New Package of Pell Proposals

Congressional Democrats introduced a bill full of old-hat policies—but it also contains some gems for an HEA reauthorization.


EDUCATION POLICY
Students Without Good Options

Clare McCann was quoted in Inside Higher Ed on how accreditors and the Department of Education handle the closure of colleges.


EDUCATION POLICY
Bipartisan Group in Congress Seeks to End the College Blackout

A bipartisan bill would go a long way toward giving students access to high-quality, comprehensive information when choosing a college.


EDUCATION POLICY
As FAFSA Tool Outage Continues, Lawmakers Investigate Why It Happened

Clare McCann was quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education on the promised restoration of the IRS's data-retrieval tool.


EDUCATION POLICY
Spending Bill Gives Flexibility to Borrowers Seeking Loan Consolidation

Clare McCann was quoted in Inside Higher Ed about language in the omnibus spending bill allowing greater student loan flexibility.


EDUCATION POLICY
A ‘Repudiation’ of Trump Budget

Clare McCann and Mary Alice McCarthy were quoted in Inside Higher Ed on the appropriations included in the omnibus budget deal.


EDUCATION POLICY
Steady Hand in an Unpredictable Time

Clare McCann was quoted in Inside Higher Ed about the influence of top political appointees in the U.S. Department of Education.


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
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.