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

EDUCATION POLICY
Cutting College Prep

Stephen Burd was quoted by Inside Higher Ed in an article about President Trump's proposed cuts to college-prep programs.


EDUCATION POLICY
College-prep programs for the poor slashed in Trump’s budget

Stephen Burd was quoted by the Washington Post regarding the potential to consolidate TRIO and GEAR UP and on the availability of grants.


EDUCATION POLICY
Trump’s budget may make it harder for many students to pay for college

Stephen Burd was quoted by MarketWatch regarding the uncertain future of Pell Grants under the budget proposal submitted by President Trump.


EDUCATION POLICY
The "Skinny Budget" Starves Some Higher Ed Programs

The Trump Administration calls for a 13 percent cut to funding for the U.S. Department of Education and targeting some popular programs.


EDUCATION POLICY and NEW AMERICA NYC
Lower Ed

A former insider discloses the story behind for-profit schools to explain the lose-lose options for Americans seeking a better life.


EDUCATION POLICY and NEW AMERICA NYC
Lower Ed

A former insider discloses the story behind for-profit schools to explain the lose-lose options for Americans seeking a better life.


Willfully Blind

The GOP’s stance on for-profit higher education resembles the one it has taken on climate change—a refusal to accept the facts.


EDUCATION POLICY
How the G.O.P. Became For-Profit College Abuse Deniers

Much like climate change, Republicans deny that there have been for-profit college abuses


EDUCATION POLICY
How the University of Alabama Became a National Player

Stephen Burd was quoted in the New York Times about the aggressive recruiting techniques of four-year public schools.


EDUCATION POLICY
Borrower Defense Rules Deserve Praise

Obama administration should be applauded for refusing to back down from rules that make it easier to provide relief to defrauded borrowers.


EDUCATION POLICY
ITT Executives Have Only Themselves to Blame for the Company’s Demise

Multiple lawsuits show ITT officials harmed students, misled investors, and put the company on a crash course to financial collapse


EDUCATION POLICY
Why ITT Tech's Closing Leaves a Big Mess

Stephen Burd was quoted in Marketplace about adverse effects of former for-profit college ITT Tech's sudden closing.