Investing in Students
Monday, April 28, 2014 / 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Sean Greene, Former Associate Administrator for Investment and Special Advisor for Innovation, U.S. Small Business Administration

William Bennett, Former U.S. Secretary of Education; Advisory Board Member, Viridis Learning; and Senior Advisor, Project Lead the Way
David Bergeron, Vice President, Postsecondary Education Policy, Center for American Progress
Mike Cagney, Co-Founder and CEO, Social Finance
Dave Girouard, Founder and CEO, Upstart
Robert Whelan, CEO, 13th Avenue Funding

Warren Buffet once famously offered top-tier B-school students $100,000 in exchange for a 10 percent cut of their future earnings. Based on 2010 changes to higher ed finance policy, however, the vast majority of students currently pay for school through government-issued loans. But today, online investment platforms and innovative funding models are challenging the status quo and facilitating Buffet's brand of investment in human capital. At the same time, university alumni are pooling funds to offer competitive private loans to students attending their alma maters. As costs soar, will these new private models be part of the solution for financing a degree, enabling promising graduates to pursue their dreams? Join us as we explore such questions as: Is the human capital contract model scalable? Will online student lending platforms compete with federal programs, and how will they affect the overall cost equation? What are the benefits for the students? What are the risks?

Read the blog post on Currency of Ideas