Lesley Turner (University of Chicago)

Lesley Turner (University of Chicago)

Oct 12, 2023 - 3:40 PM
to Oct 12, 2023 - 5:00 PM

Description: Labor-Public Workshop: Lesley Turner (University of Chicago)

Location: 368A Heady Hall

Contact Person: Peter Orazem

TitlePLUS or Minus: The Effect of Graduate School Loans on Access, Attainment, and Prices

Abstract: In 2006, the federal government effectively uncapped student borrowing for graduate programs with the introduction of the Graduate PLUS loan program. Access to additional federal loans increased graduate students’ borrowing and shifted the composition of their loans from private to federal debt. However, the increase in borrowing limits did not improve access to existing programs overall or for underrepresented groups. Nor did access to additional loan aid result in significant increase in constrained students’ persistence or degree receipt. We document that among programs in which a larger share of graduate students had exhausted their annual federal loan eligibility before the policy change—and thus were more exposed to the expansion in access to credit—federal borrowing and prices increased.