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Why I’m giving $50 to every new child born in Massachusetts

Why I’m giving $50 to every new child born in Massachusetts

  College savings plans deliver lots of dividends Originally published in Commonwealth Magazine OVER THE LAST DECADE, I’ve created three non-profit organizations with the shared mission of getting low-income students to college without taking on crushing debt....

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Statement on Federal Court Victory for Student Loan Protections

Statement on Federal Court Victory for Student Loan Protections

  Zero-Debt Advocates Applaud AG Maura Healey For Her Leadership Fighting for Students Defrauded by For-Profit Colleges BOSTON — Bob Hildreth, President of the Hildreth Institute, today issued the following statement regarding a new federal court decision that...

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In the Field — Sept. 2018

In the Field — Sept. 2018

  Higher Ed 2020 Summit at Century Foundation Hello Everyone! My name is Beata Coloyan, the Policy and Advocacy Director at the Institute. I wanted to share what I heard and learned at the Higher Ed 2020 Summit hosted by The Century Foundation in D.C. on...

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Campus Update-September-2018

Campus Update-September-2018

  What. A. Month. Classes have begun and we are in full swing with our campus teams. Two leaders, Samantha Higgins from Suffolk and Sam Szemerenyi from BC, joined our team to lead the #ZeroDebt efforts on their respective campuses. Here is an introduction to each...

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Statement on Proposed Endowment Tax

The idea of the Endowment Tax proposed by Jay Gonzalez, candidate for Governor, claims a right to make private institutions support public institutions. Some historical background could prove useful. The tax would actually be a reversal from when public money went to...

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Colleges Should Pick Students Over Stone

By Bob Hildreth This article was first published by Banker and Tradesman on Sep 9, 2018 Any top university will tell you that the easiest way to raise money is by naming buildings after big donors. But in today’s world of suffocating student debt, what we really need...

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A Weight on Our Shoulders

By Sam Szemerenyi I’m an economics major. I work with numbers and trends every day, and the college debt crisis will not have a happy ending for many. Tuition is rising at a much faster rate than inflation and financial aid grants are. The cost of a degree is...

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In the Field-August 2018

In the Field-August 2018

By Matt Frentz On the first of this month we got to share our #ZeroDebt message with a fantastic group of young people from the Forest Foundation, all of whom dedicated their summers working for Boston-based nonprofits. Not only did Bob get a chance to engage these...

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