Our Voices

Testimony: Ban on Revoking Professional Licenses Briefing

Testimony: Ban on Revoking Professional Licenses Briefing

  By Bob Hildreth Thank you to Representative Higgins for bringing this event together and leading the fight to end this unjust law. And thanks to the other organizations here today who are working to help students get out from under the burden of debt. Bob...

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Let’s #PassFairShare

Let’s #PassFairShare

  Massachusetts prides itself on its outstanding higher education, yet it saddles its students with massive amounts of debt. Rather than normalizing this as a right of passage, Hildreth Institute advocates for making higher education as affordable as it is high...

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Sky High Tuition Carnival

Sky High Tuition Carnival

  By Jeron Mariani Step right up! Come one, come all to the Sky High Tuition Carnival!!From tuitions and fees that skyrocket year after year, to the nationwide admissions scandal and small private colleges shuttering their campuses, the whole higher education...

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State and National Higher Ed Policy Updates — May 2019

State and National Higher Ed Policy Updates — May 2019

  Massachusetts Updates: The fight for Mt Ida students is not over By dismissing the lawsuit by former students of the now-closed Mount Ida College, a Federal judge has set some dangerous precedents. The ruling establishes that college officials do not owe...

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Testimony: An Act Relative to the Endowment Match Program

Testimony: An Act Relative to the Endowment Match Program

  By Bob Hildreth Testimony Before the Joint Committee on Higher Education on H.1201, H.1228, H.1232, & S.753, “An Act Relative to the Endowment Match Program” Chairs Gobi and Roy, Vice Chairs Comerford and Arciero, and members of the Joint Committee on...

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State and National Higher Ed Policy Updates — April 2019

State and National Higher Ed Policy Updates — April 2019

  Massachusetts Updates: Important Higher ed bills in hearing! Since 2001, state funding for public colleges and universities has declined by one-third, from $12,000 per student each year to only $8,000 per student. That is a dramatic cut that hurts our students...

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Campus Update — April 2019

Campus Update — April 2019

  This month we have been proud to stand in solidarity with coalition partners on the Debt-Free Future Act as well as the Act related to Endowment Match Program and the CHERISH Act at the State House! The hearing room was filled with Massachusetts Teachers...

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State and National Higher Ed Policy Updates — March 2019

State and National Higher Ed Policy Updates — March 2019

  Massachusetts Updates: Press Conference - Student Loan Bill of Rights in Massachusetts Lawmakers urged Massachusetts to adopt adequate protections for student borrowers at a press conference held earlier this month. Our legislators, along with student loan...

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Advocating for #ZeroDebt -March 2019

This month was a busy one for us in the State House! We made several visits, including an awesome press conference for the Student Loan Bill of Rights: On the left is Nathan Foster, a young Tufts alum who joined us to talk about his experiences with student loans and...

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Campus Update-March-2019

Here you can see Bob speaking to a small group of leaders from Suffolk. These students are not happy seeing their tuition rise every year, and they are ready to take action. March may have included Spring Breaks for our students, but our work towards #ZeroDebt does...

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