Rachel Fishman

Senior Policy Analyst, Education Policy Program

Rachel Fishman is a senior policy analyst with the Education Policy program at New America. She is a member of the higher education team, where she provides research and analysis on policies related to higher education including college affordability, public education, data transparency, and access and success of underrepresented students. Fishman and her work have been cited in such media outlets as The New York Times, The Washington Post, Washington Monthly, U.S. News and World Report, USA Today, Inside Higher Ed, Chronicle of Higher Education, and NPR. Her blogging on financial aid won a national award from the Education Writers Association in 2013.

Fishman previously worked as an education advisor for The College Planning Center in Boston where she provided guidance to students and families how to plan and pay for college. Fishman holds a master’s degree in higher education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

All Work

Navigating The Jump From Community College To Our Region’s Four-Year Schools

Rachel Fishman spoke about some of the issues local community colleges and their students face on the Kojo Nnamdi Show.

A New World for Profits

Trump’s election has huge ramifications for protecting consumers as higher education moves into a new era of for-profits.

Higher Education in the Election

Americans believe education beyond high school is necessary for securing economic success, but is an increasingly expensive proposition.

No Matter Who’s Paying the Bill, College Is More Expensive Than You Think

Rachel Fishman was quoted in Time about the cost of college.

More Than Tuition

How policy makers and institutions can better align resources for today’s students.

More Than Tuition: Higher Education and the Social Safety Net

College is not a proxy for a social safety net.

More Than Tuition: Improving Financial Literacy

After COA is set, low and moderate income students have a tough decision to make, how much debt can they realistically take on?

More Than Tuition: How to Improve Cost of Attendance

The 1986 Higher Education Act restricted the Department of Education's involvement in Cost of Attendance calculations, but at what cost?

More Than Tuition: Trends in Cost Estimates Over Time

There has been huge discrepencies in how COA is calculated for colleges in the same geographical regions that have some angry.

More Than Tuition: High Uncertainty and Complicated Incentives

More Than Tuition: Today's Students and Institutional Incentives for Setting Yearly Budgets

Even as the media focus is on elite private colleges, 45 percent of students live in households with less than $30,000 a year.

A Legislative History: Why is Cost of Attendance so Complicated?

Congress first defined COA more than four decades ago, in 1972, but changes in the student population since has left lawmakers scrambling.