Resources on Graduate Student Debt and Support

    The issue of graduate student debt deserves serious attention from policymakers. It is especially important to understand how debt incurred for master’s and doctoral study differs from undergraduate debt or debt for professional degrees such as degrees in law and medicine. This resource page provides information and resources to help various stakeholders understand graduate student debt.


    Fact Sheet on Graduate Student Debt

    This one-page fact sheet summarizes recent data on graduate student borrowing and debt.


    Resources for Deans (log-in required)


    Recent CGS Statements and Responses


    How to improve financial aid for graduate students

    Letter to the editor, Washington Post, June 20, 2014


    Letter to Chairman Harkin and Ranking Member Alexander

    Response to the March 27, 2014 hearing, "Strengthening the Federal Student Loan Program for Borrowers," Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee


    Letter to Senator Alexander

    Response to June 8, 2014 statement by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee


    Testimony submitted by CGS for June 24, 2014 hearing of the Senate Committee on Finance

    Information on graduate student finances, tuition remissions and waivers, student loan interest deductibiilty, and the Lifetime Learning Credit. Submitted for the Senate Committee on Finances' hearing, "Less Student Debt from the Start: What Role should the Tax System Play?


    CGS is the leading source of information, data analysis, and trends in graduate education. Our benchmarking data help member institutions to assess performance in key areas, make informed decisions, and develop plans that are suited to their goals.
    CGS Best Practice initiatives address common challenges in graduate education by supporting institutional innovations and sharing effective practices with the graduate community. Our programs have provided millions of dollars of support for improvement and innovation projects at member institutions.
    As the national advocate for graduate education, CGS serves as a resource for policymakers and others on issues concerning graduate education, research, and scholarship. CGS members receive regular updates of legislative and regulatory proposals impacting graduate education and are provided resources to use in advocacy efforts on their campuses and with policymakers and other constituents. 
    CGS is an authority on global trends in graduate education and a leader in the international graduate community. Our resources and meetings on global issues help members internationalize their campuses, develop sustainable collaborations, and prepare their students for a global future.