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Upcoming conference explores COVID-19's effect on higher ed economy

Minneapolis, June 12, 2020

Upcoming conference explores COVID-19's effect on higher ed economy

What role should the public sector play in supporting students pursuing higher education in the United States? The Opportunity & Inclusive Growth Institute at the Minneapolis Fed and the Economics Department of the University of Minnesota are hosting “Higher Ed: Who Pays,” a virtual conference on Thursday, June 18, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. CT.

As college costs have risen, use of personal debt to finance postsecondary education has increased dramatically. Student loans have increased access to college for many, but rising student debt levels have generated questions about whether the current system is appropriate or sustainable.

“Even in the midst of the pandemic, it is important to continue to inform policy initiatives—in particular, issues around higher education financing reform,” said Institute Director Abigail Wozniak. “I think this will be an important conversation as students, families, and administrators think about what college will look like this fall.”

The dramatic changes that COVID-19 has brought to campuses make this issue particularly timely. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the U.S. system of higher education finance? And how can this system be shored up following COVID-19?

Panelists from academia, policymaking, and the U.S. higher education system will come together to discuss answers to the big question of who should foot the bill as postsecondary education expands in the United States.

When: Thursday, June 18, 2020, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CT, via Zoom

Agendahttps://www.minneapolisfed.org/events/2020/opportunity-and-inclusive-growth-institute-spring-conference

Media: Please register here.


The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that, with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up the Federal Reserve System, the nation’s central bank. The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis is responsible for the Ninth Federal Reserve District, which includes Montana, North and South Dakota, Minnesota, northwestern Wisconsin, and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis participates in setting national monetary policy, supervises numerous banking organizations, and provides a variety of payments services to financial institutions and the U.S. government.