College Affordability

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Dr. Laura Perna
Professor, Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania



·      Nationally recognized expert in student loans, college affordability and choice, paying for college and access to and equity in higher education

·      Dr. Perna studies how individual characteristics, high school and college practices and public policies enable and restrict college access and success for racial/ethnic minorities and people of lower socio-economic status.

·      She recently authored a study with co-investigator Dr. Joni Finney, examining higher-education policies and performance in Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Texas and Washington state as indicators of the nation’s performance overall.