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Dr. William J. Goggin is the Advisory Committee's Executive Director. Prior to serving as the interim staff director in December 2004, Dr. Goggin joined the Advisory Committee as the senior staff economist in May 1988. He has nearly 30 years experience in higher education and student financial aid policy. He earned a bachelor's degree from Illinois State University and a doctoral degree in economics from Iowa State University.

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Ms. Janet L. Chen joined the Advisory Committee in December of 2010 and currently serves as the Committee's Director of Programs. Prior to joining the staff, Ms. Chen worked as an analyst for Abt Associates Inc., a research and consulting firm headquartered in Cambridge, MA, contributing to evaluations of federal programs serving post-secondary students. Before entering the field of higher education, she worked as a paralegal for three years at the Federal Trade Commission. She earned her master's degree in higher education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her bachelor's degree in social policy from Northwestern University.

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Ms. Tracy D. Jones is the Senior Administrative Officer for the Advisory Committee. She joined the staff in January 1992, as the administrative assistant. Prior to joining the Advisory Committee, Ms. Jones was a program assistant for the National Science Foundation and a data transcriber for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In June of 2008, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Strayer University. In December 2011, Ms. Jones earned her MS in administration, specializing in organizational development at Trinity University.

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Ms. Elizabeth R. Kurban joined the Advisory Committee in July of 2012 and currently serves as the Committee's Director of Policy Research. Prior to joining the staff, Elizabeth graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education with an MSEd in higher education. Elizabeth also holds an MA in cognitive science and a BA in psychology from the University of Delaware.

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Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance

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