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

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Colleges in the Age of Enrollment Management

A closer look at the field of enrollment management and how it has affected the distribution of educational opportunity.

Public Colleges Chase Out-of-State Students, and Tuition

Stephen Burd was quoted in the New York Times about public colleges chasing out-of-state tuition.

Congress Should Take Lead in Battle over Financial Aid ‘Displacement’

Schools argue that they have a responsibility to give aid to the most in need, but is that really what they are doing?

The University of Phoenix Was Right: Forcing Students to Agree to Binding Arbitration is Unfair

In 2004, the University of Phoenix (UOP), the largest for-profit college in the country, took a principled stand on behalf of its students.

How Colleges Can Again Be Levelers of Society

Stephen Burd was quoted in a New York Times op-ed, which cited policy papers "Undermining Pell" and "the Out-of-State Student Arms Race."

Too Much Merit Aid for Those Not in Need

Stephen Burd does a deep dive into which universities are paying for students who can pay for themselves.