Mark Huelsman

Mark Huelsman

Mark Huelsman

Mark joined Demos in 2014 and serves as a Senior Policy Analyst. His research at Demos focuses primarily on college affordability, student debt, financial aid, and state investment in higher education.

Less Debt, More Equity: Lowering Student Debt While Closing the Black-White Wealth Gap

Less Debt, More Equity: Lowering Student Debt While Closing the Black-White Wealth Gap

Summary & Key Findings The dramatic increase in wealth inequality over the past several decades now forms the backdrop for many of today’s most pressing public policy debates. Currently, the top 1 percent of U.S. households controls 42 percent of the nation’s wealth, and nearly half of the wealth accumulated over the past 30 years

No Recourse: Putting an End to Bankruptcy’s Student Loan Exception

No Recourse: Putting an End to Bankruptcy’s Student Loan Exception

In the past two decades, we have gone from a system of financing higher education primarily through public investment, grant aid, and modest family savings, to one in which the majority of graduates take on debt. While a college degree is one of the surest methods of gaining a foothold in the middle class, this

The Case for Debt-Free College

The Case for Debt-Free College

Today, the typical young person aspiring to go to college in the United States faces a higher education system that is fundamentally different from what previous generations enjoyed. For generations, our system of colleges and universities, and the federal aid system undergirding it, were generously funded and made higher education the primary lever of upward

The Debt Divide

The Debt Divide

Today, taking out loans is the primary way individuals pay for college—a major shift in how our nation provides access to higher education. While concerns about the growth in college costs and student debt are nearly universal, much of this concern focuses on how college debt is impacting the economic well-being of college graduates and

The Affordable College Compact

The Affordable College Compact

As a postsecondary degree has become more important than ever in the labor market, and the primary means by which one enters the middle class, the U.S. has simultaneously made it more difficult and more expensive to attain. Over the course of three decades, the cost of public colleges and universities—which educated nearly 3 in

Betrayers of the Dream

Betrayers of the Dream

This article originally appeared in the Summer 2015 issue of The American Prospect magazine. On April 26, an institution of higher education that as recently as 2010 employed more than 6,000 faculty members and another 4,000 in support staff announced that it would close its doors. Corinthian Colleges had enrolled more students than the Ohio State University