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
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.


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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.


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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.


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Starting from Scratch

A new vision for higher education.


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Michigan colleges offering best bang for the buck

“Schools think (cost and salary metrics) are crass because there’s a lot more to college than that,” said Rachel Fishman.


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From Application to Enrollment

Prospective students often start their college searches with high expectations, but soon into their exploration, with high anxiety.


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College Decisions Survey Part V: Searching for the Right College

This is the final brief in a five part series analyzing what students know about college financing.


EDUCATION POLICY
Searching For the Right College

The final brief in a series analyzing new survey data about what prospective college students know about the college financing process.


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3 Ways Low-Income Students Can Tackle College Costs

Filling out the required aid paperwork is a necessary – if cumbersome – hurdle for low-income students. "Anything involving an application p


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Obama Makes College Aid Application Earlier And Easier

Six months ago, I reported on one thing the government could do to fix the FAFSA. Rachel Fishman, who studies education policy at New Americ


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One Small Step for FAFSA, One Giant Leap for Students

The Obama administration made an announcement that could fundamentally change the way students apply for federal financial aid.


The Next Generation of Student Debt

College students now expect to take on more student loan debt than they think is reasonable. Rachel Fishman offers a master class on why stu