Stephen Burd

Senior Policy Analyst, Education Policy Program

Stephen Burd is a senior policy analyst with the Education Policy program at New America. He is on his second stint, following a brief stop at Education Sector, an education think tank in DC, where he also served as a senior policy analyst.

At New America, Burd has helped shape New America’s work on higher education policy and on student financial aid issues. He is the author of three volumes of “Undermining Pell,” which examines how colleges’ pursuit of prestige and revenue is hurting low-income students.

Burd has received multiple national reporting awards from the Education Writers Association for his coverage of federal higher education policy and his investigative work on the student loan industry. He has also published articles and op-eds in The Chronicle of Higher EducationThe Hechinger Report, Inside Higher Ed, The Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, and Washington Monthly, and provided expert commentary for media outlets including America Public Media’s Marketplace, the CBS Evening News, CNN, C-SPAN, and National Public Radio.

Before coming to New America in 2007, Burd worked for 15 years as a reporter and senior writer at The Chronicle of Higher Education, where he primarily reported on student aid policy and the inner-workings of the U.S. Department of Education. Burd holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Swarthmore College. He lives with his wife and daughters in Silver Spring, Md.

All Work

Multi-Billionaire DeVos Couldn’t Care Less about Defrauded Students

Devos's remarks are an insult to the more-than 65,000 borrowers who have waited for years to have Borrower Defense claims reviewed

Borrower’s Remorse

Stephen Burd wrote for the Washington Monthly about the origins and future of the borrower defense to repayment rule.

6 new UA freshmen to each get $70,000, 5-day New York trip

Stephen Burd was quoted in the Arkansas Online about fellowship awards from public flagships.

Even at Private Colleges, Low-Income Students Tend to Go to the Poorest Schools

The private colleges that low-income students tend to go to are the least-equipped to serve them.

Discounting Keeps Climbing

Stephen Burd was quoted in Inside Higher Ed on how private and public colleges are using merit aid to attract qualified, wealthy students.

NACUBO's Misleading Spin on Merit Aid

In its tuition-discounting survey, NACUBO isn't honest about how these policies are harming low-income students.

Tuition Discounts not Paying Off for Private Colleges

Stephen Burd was quoted in Diverse Issues in Higher Education on how private and public colleges are using merit aid to attract qualified, w

Private colleges are offering discounts at historic levels

Stephen Burd was quoted in Marketwatch on how private and public colleges are using merit aid to attract qualified, wealthy students.

USC Offers $84 Million in Tuition Breaks to Out-of-State Students

Stephen Burd was quoted in the Columbia State on public universities offering tuition breaks to attract wealthy out-of-state students.

New Data Reveals, For First Time, Each Colleges' Share of Rich Kids

Trail-blazing study provides clearest picture we’ve ever had of the socioeconomic breakdown of individual colleges' student bodies.

From the Archives: Predatory Lending at Sallie Mae

Here's some helpful background for state attorneys general suing Sallie Mae for predatory lending

Future Pell Grant Funding In Danger?

Stephen Burd was quoted by Diverse Issues in Higher Education on the future of the Pell Grant surplus under the Trump administration.