Alexander Holt is a data science immersive student at General Assembly. He implements machine learning using the following libraries and packages: Scientific Python (pandas, NumPy, SciPy, matplotlib, scikit-learn), SQL, stats models, Beautiful Soup, Selenium, Natural Language Toolkit (NLTK), TensorFlow, Seaborn, Tableau, Git.
Holt previously worked at New America, a think tank in Washington, DC, and focused on higher educaiton, finance, and economics. Holt's early work focused on student loans, especially Income-Based Repayment and Public Service Loan Forgiveness. Holt and his colleague Jason Delisle were the first to highlight the windfall benefits going to graduate students as a result of President Obama's changes to Income-Based Repayment. He is also one of the foremost experts on Income Share Agreements.
His writing has appeared in print or online for Vox, Washington Monthly, Quartz, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Nation, Pacific Standard, CNN, National Review, Inside Higher Ed, and others. Holt's research and comments have appeared in national publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, and Politico. Holt's writing won an Education Writers Association award for a piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education on Georgetown Law's questionable financial aid practices.
Holt graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from the School of Media and Public Affairs at The George Washington University, where he majored in political communication. His studies focused on media coverage of wars and, separately, asymmetric conflicts, especially as they relate to activists and terrorist organizations.
Published Reports and Chapters:
Promoting Genuine Competition in Higher Education (Urban Institute), 2017.
Winners and Losers in President Tump's Student Loan Plan (Brookings Institute), 2017.
In the Interest of the Few: The Regressive Benefits of Federal Student Loan Refinancing (New America), 2017. Co-author: Kim Dancy
Promise and Compromise: A Closer Look at Payroll Withholding for Federal Student Loans (New America), 2015. Co-Authors: New America, Young Invincibles, NASFAA
New Tools, New Safeguards: Why Traditional Loan Protections Don’t Work for Income Share Agreements— and What Should Replace Them (American Enterprise Institute), 2015. Co-Author: Kevin James
Why Student Loans Are Different: Findings from Six Focus Groups of Student Loan Borrowers (New America), 2015. Co-Author: Jason Delisle
"Measuring the Benefits of Income-Based Repayment for Graduate and Professional Students," chapter in Brad Hershbein and Kevin M. Hollenbeck, eds., Student Loans and the Dynamics of Debt (Upjohn Institute), 2015. Co-Authors: Jason Delisle and Kristin Blagg
The Case for Payroll Withholding: Preventing Student Loan Defaults with Automatic Income-Based Repayment (New America), 2014, Co-Authors: New America, Young Invincibles, and NASFAA
Zero Marginal Cost: Measuring Subsidies for Graduate Education in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (New America), 2014. Co-Author: Jason Delisle
“Activism,” chapter in Craig Carroll, ed., Handbook of Communication and Corporate Reputation (Wiley-Blackwell), 2013. Co-Author: Jarol B. Manheim
Rebalancing Resources and Incentives in Federal Student Aid (New America Foundation), 2013. Co-authors: Stephen Burd, Kevin Carey, Jason Delisle, Rachel Fishman, Amy Laitinen, and Clare McCann
Safety-Net or Windfall? Examining Changes to Income-Based Repayment for Federal Student Loans (New America Foundation), 2012. Co-Author: Jason Delisle
Counting Kids and Tracking Funds in Pre-K and Kindergarten: Falling Short at the Local Level (New America), 2012. Co-Author: Lisa Guernsey