Budget Blog

On Wednesday, the Senate Budget Committee will hold a hearing on the Impact of Student Loan Debt on Borrowers and the Economy with witnesses Rohit Chopra and Brittany Jones.

Rohit Chopra is the Student Loan Ombudsman and Assistant Director at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Since his appointment as a CFPB ombudsman in October 2011, Chopra has worked to help borrowers facing the burden of student loans and publicize the financial issues facing students today. He has spoken to the Congressional Forum on Student Loans and provided testimony to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs.

Prior to joining the CFPB, Chopra worked on consumer credit markets and student debt issues at the McKinsey Global Institute. He holds a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.B.A. in Finance and Public Policy from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

Read articles by Rohit Chopra here.

Brittany Jones is a 2011 college graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University. To fund her college degree, she relied on a mix of Pell grants and student loans. By the time Jones had graduated with her bachelor’s degree, she had borrowed more than $70,000. To pay down these loans, she has worked as an hourly employee at an early education center, in addition to working part-time as a fitness instructor and taking additional college classes to improve her career options and be competitive in a challenging employment environment.