Jason Delisle

Director, Federal Education Budget Project

Jason Delisle is the former director of the Federal Education Budget Project, which is part of the Education Policy program at New America. The overarching mission of the project is to improve the quality of public information on federal funding for education and to support well-targeted federal education policies. Delisle is a leading expert on the federal student loan program and federal financing for higher education. His work has appeared in a number of national publications, including the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. Delisle and his work have been featured on numerous national television and radio programs, including National Public Radio, Fox Business News and PBS’s NewsHour. Delisle has provided expert testimony regarding the federal student loan program before the U.S. Congress and in federal court.

Before joining New America in 2007, Delisle was a senior analyst on the Republican staff of the U.S. Senate Budget Committee, where he played a key role in developing education legislation. Prior to that position, he served as a legislative aide in the office of Rep. Thomas Petri (R-WI). Delisle holds a master’s degree in public policy from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. 


Jason is currently a Research Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). 

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EDUCATION POLICY
The Affordability Conundrum

College affordability has taken on a new meaning. For whom is college affordable? And why?


EDUCATION POLICY
Shifting Burdens: How Students & Families Paid for College from 1996 to 2012

EDUCATION POLICY
Shifting Burdens

A new report examines financial trends by family income, a student’s dependency status, and school type.


EDUCATION POLICY and NEW AMERICA
Shifting Burdens: How Students & Families Paid for College from 1996 to 2012

Jason Delisle wrote for the Washington Monthly about the shift in university financing and what that means for students and families.


EDUCATION POLICY
Headache for Hillary's Higher Education Plan

Hillary Clinton's rate-cuts-for-undergraduates-only approach to higher education could be a problem.


EDUCATION POLICY
A Big Change to Student Aid You've Never Heard Of

An Obama Administration change to the way financial aid works has the potential of helping millions achieve a degrees.


EDUCATION POLICY and NEW AMERICA
How an Obscure College Aid Fix Could Help Millions of Low-Income Students

Kim Dancy and Jason Delisle wrote for The Hill about a college aid fix that could help millions of low income families.


EDUCATION POLICY
Another Student Loan Bombshell in Obama's Latest Budget

Another year, another budget, another buried bombshell in it about the runaway costs of the income-based repayment program (IBR).


EDUCATION POLICY
These Employers Have Decided Student Debt Repayment Is The Next Perk For Millennial Hires

Student debt is weighing on young Americans.


EDUCATION POLICY
Graduate Students and Tuition Tax Benefits

We analyze which graduate students can claim these benefits and how much they can claim, revealing some little-known facts.


EDUCATION POLICY
Graduate Students and Tuition Tax Benefits: New Analysis

A new analysis from New America looks at the tax benefits graduate students are eligible to claim.


EDUCATION POLICY
Income-Based Repayment Tops Repayment Plan Choice for First Time

The latest data from the U.S. Department of Education show that more student debt is being repaid through the Income-Based Repayment Plan.