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Seminar IV: How America Pays for College 2012

Sarah Ducich
Senior Vice President, Public Policy

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Nov 1, 2012
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Reception to follow

The George Washington University School of Business
Room 652, Duquès Hall
2201 G Street NW (22nd Street entrance)
Metro: Foggy Bottom Station

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Sallie Mae's "How America Pays for College 2012" study, conducted by Ipsos, finds that:

  • 83% of college students and parents strongly agreed that higher education is an investment in the future, college is needed now more than ever (70%), and the path to earning more money (69%).
  • Drawing from savings, income and loans, students paid 30% of the total bill, up from 24% four years ago, while parents covered 37% of the bill, down from 45% four years ago.
  • The percentage of families who eliminated college choices because of cost rose to the highest level (69%) in the five years since the study began. Virtually all families exercised cost-savings measures, including living at home (51%), adding a roommate (55%), and reducing spending by parents (50%) and students (66%).
  • In 2012, families continued the shift toward lower-cost community college, with 29 percent enrolled, compared to 23 percent two years ago. In fact, overall, families paid 5 percent less for college compared to one year ago.
  • 35% percent of students borrowed education loans to pay for college: 25% borrowing federal loans only, 9% using a mix of federal and private loans, and 1% tapping private loans only.

Telephone interviews about how families paid for college in academic year 2011-12 were conducted with 801 undergraduate college students, ages 18 to 24, and 800 parents of undergraduates.

Bio: Sarah Ducich

Ms. Ducich is senior vice president for public policy for Sallie Mae. She is responsible for the development and advancement the company's legislative and policy goals, with a focus on federal financing of higher education and student loan programs. Prior to joining Sallie Mae in 1998, Ms. Ducich consulted on federal budget policy for several national firms, was deputy budget director with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1990 to 1993, a senior democratic staff member of the Senate Budget Committee, from 1987 to 1990, and a budget examiner with the Office of Management and Budget from 1984 to 1987.

Ms. Ducich received her Master's in Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and her B.A. with honors in Mathematics from Whitman College, Washington.