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A PLUS or minus? A mixed methods investigation documenting the decisions and outcomes of students, families, and institutions in the Parent Plus Loan portfolio


Jun 20, 2023


Jun 30, 2024
Funding Agency
The University of Wisconsin and Arnold Ventures

This two-year sequential mixed-methods study first quantitatively interrogates the characteristics, enrollment patterns, and outcomes of Parent PLUS Loan borrowers, including how borrowing varies across student, family, and institutional contexts.


Then, leveraging focus groups and interviews across multiple institutions, we contextualize the experiences of students, parents, and financial aid administrators in the PLUS Loan arena to offer actionable insights for federal policymaking, better inform consumers, and offer avenues for future research. Dr. Wright-Kim serves as a Co-PI on both phases of the project alongside colleagues Dr. Taylor Odle and Dr. Jorge Burmicky at the University of Wisconsin- Madison and Howard University. 

Primary Investigator(s)

Assistant Professor, Marsal Family School of Education

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