Marcel Akhame

Marcel is a Columnist and second-year Master of Public Policy student with an interest in environmental and climate change policy. He is originally from Lagos, Nigeria, but grew up in Dallas, Texas, and graduated from the University of North Texas with a B.A. in political science and a minor in economics. As an undergraduate student, Marcel interned with the City of Denton, Texas’ City Manager’s Office, and currently works as a Program Analyst at the Environmental Protection Agency. In his free time, Marcel enjoys working out, reading, and playing video games.

Higher-Education for Everyone: How Corporate Income Tax Can Mitigate the Student Loan Crisis

This paper examines whether an improved Pell Grant—funded through an increase in corporate income tax—may be an effective avenue for addressing the student loan crisis. This could be accomplished by making college debt free for all low- and middle-income recipients attending public colleges. Also examined is the student loan debt crisis and a complimentary cancellation of all outstanding student loan debt. Finally, I address potential criticisms of these policy options and discuss alternatives that may mitigate them while also producing maximal positive impact.