Donald E. Heller is associate professor of education at The Pennsylvania State University, where he also serves as Senior Research Associate of the Center for the Study of Higher Education. His research interests include the economics of higher education, public policy, and finance, with a primary focus on issues of college access and choice for low-income and minority students. He has consulted on higher education policy issues with university systems and policymaking organizations in nine US states and he is the editor of two books on higher education policy and finance: The States and Public Higher Education Policy: Affordability, Access, and Accountability (2001), and Condition of Access: Higher Education for Lower Income Students (2002).