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Borrowing Trouble? Student Loans, the Cost of Borrowing, and Implications for the Effectiveness of Need-Based Grant Aid

Benjamin M. Marx, Lesley J. Turner

NBER Working Paper No. 20850
Issued in January 2015

---- Acknowledgments ----

We are grateful to the Office of Policy Research at the City University of New York for providing the data used in this study. We also thank Colin Chellman, Simon McDonnell, and Andrew Wallace for sharing their invaluable knowledge of the CUNY administrative data with us, and Brian Cadena, Pamela Giustinelli, Sara Goldrick-Rab, Bruce Kogut, Wojciech Kopczuk, Mike Lovenheim, Amalia Miller, Brendan O'Flaherty, Bernard SalaniƩ, Petra Todd, Miguel Urquiola, and seminar participants at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County, George Washington University, University of Michigan, the Congressional Budget Office, University of Virginia, Washington DC economics of education working group, University of Maryland, Harvard University, Michigan State University, Stanford University, University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the 2013 ASSA and AEFP annual meetings, the 2013 IRP summer research workshop, and the 2014 NBER Spring Economics of Education meeting for helpful comments and suggestions. We thank Yuci Chen, Megan Gehret, Luke Godwin-Jones, and Stephanie Rennane for excellent research assistance. The views expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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