Philadelphia Education Fund

Paying for College: Avoiding the Affordability Trap – May 21

Posted on May 19, 2020

Join us virtually for May’s Education First Compact.

This April, the COVID Inequality Project released a study confirming what many of us probably already suspected about this pandemic. That, when compared to those without a degree, the college educated have been more likely to retain their jobs. In short, college remains a good investment.

Of course, as with all investment opportunities, it is important for a consumer to be educated on the risks and to understand how best to minimize them. For many low-income, first-generation high school students, it is not understanding these risks that results in their getting caught in the “affordability trap” – turning the potential of a good return into a bad one.

Join us in May for an illuminating session on this issue with experienced panelists whose work with students puts them at the front lines of these discussions. And, with COVID, new “traps” are emerging to challenge our students as they weigh these decisions that are new. So, what does this mean for Philadelphia’s most vulnerable students?

Date and Time: May 21, 2020, 9:00 – 10:15 am


Madeline Birkner
Coordinator, College Access Program, Philadelphia Education Fund

Jared Epler
Director, College Access Program, Philadelphia Education Fund
State Chair, Secondary School Counseling Committee, PA Assn for College Admission Counseling

Amanda Constable
Vice President and Relationship Manager for Student Lending
Citizens Bank


Farah Jimenez
President and CEO
Philadelphia Education Fund

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