Rachel Fishman

Deputy Director for Research, Education Policy Program

Rachel Fishman is the deputy director for research with the Education Policy program at New America. She is a member of the higher education initiative, where she provides research and analysis on policies related to college finance, consumer protection and transparency, and access and success of post-traditional students. In addition, Fishman leads the initiative’s public opinion work including Varying Degrees, its signature annual survey. Fishman and her work have been cited in such media outlets as The New York TimesThe Washington Post, 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. She holds a master’s degree in higher education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

All Work

EDUCATION POLICY
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.


EDUCATION POLICY
Higher Education in the Election

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


EDUCATION POLICY
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.


EDUCATION POLICY
More Than Tuition

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


EDUCATION POLICY
More Than Tuition: Higher Education and the Social Safety Net

College is not a proxy for a social safety net.


EDUCATION POLICY
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?


EDUCATION POLICY
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?


EDUCATION POLICY
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.


EDUCATION POLICY
More Than Tuition: High Uncertainty and Complicated Incentives

EDUCATION POLICY
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.


EDUCATION POLICY
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.


EDUCATION POLICY
More Than Tuition: What is Cost of Attendance?

Cost of Attendance is out pacing inflation every year and student debt is climbing above $1.2 trillion.