Author profile
Senior Policy Analyst at Education Commission of the States | spingel@ecs.org

Sarah supports the research and analytical capacity of the policy team in her role as a senior policy analyst at Education Commission of the States. Sarah has extensive experience in student financial aid programs, and is frequently called upon as an expert in state financial aid policy and practice. A recipient of state aid herself, Sarah believes that state policy leaders have a key role to play in ensuring affordable postsecondary opportunities for students from all backgrounds.

More from this author

Postsecondary Funding: Supporting Students of Color

As Education Commission of the States set out to catalog and analyze the various postsecondary funding models in place across the country,...

Read More

Postsecondary Education Funding: Now Might Not Be the Time to Stick to the Plan

As states turn the page on a new fiscal year, concerns about how to fund education systems abound. Postsecondary education is no exception....

Read More

How Do States Fund Postsecondary Education?

Education Commission of the States recently released a 50-State Comparison detailing how state policies address postsecondary education...

Read More

Tuition Capping and Freezing: Rain Check for Future Price Increases or Durable Policy Solution?

Last month, we released a 50-State Comparison of tuition-setting policies showing that, in the majority of states, legislatures grant...

Read More

States Move to Require the FAFSA for High School Graduation

High school students in three states — Illinois, Louisiana and Texas — already or will soon face a new graduation requirement:...

Read More

What State Lawmakers Need to Know About the IL Financial Aid Scandal

On the heels of the college admissions scandal, last week ProPublica uncovered dozens of suburban Chicago families exploiting dependency...

Read More

Preparing Higher Ed for the Next Recession

While the economy is currently strong, conversations are already beginning about when the tides may turn. Survey data indicates that...

Read More

Working on Connections Between Education and Work in Your State? Join Us!

What do people think about the connection between education and work? This was the big question posed at a concurrent session at the 2019...

Read More

Emerging Iterations on State Free College Policy in the 2019 Legislative Sessions

State legislatures are officially in full swing, with 44 states plus the District of Columbia in session. At Education Commission of the...

Read More

Dual Enrollment: Increasing Early Access to Postsecondary Education

“I hear this over and over, ‘We are not a college family,’” Texas State Sen. José Menéndez told a group of institutional leaders...

Read More