- Federal policy
- Financial aid
- Higher education finance and operations
- State policy
Nicholas Hillman is an assistant professor in the department of educational leadership and policy analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He researches state and federal higher education finance and teaches courses on higher education policy and finance, as well as quantitative research methods. His state policy research examines the effectiveness of state financial aid programs, the impacts of market-based finance reforms – such as performance-based funding, tuition vouchers, tuition discounting – and the politics of public finance. His federal policy research focuses on trends in federal student loan borrowing, loan default and income-related loan repayment. Through his research, Hillman seeks to understand how policies affect college access and equity, particularly for students who have historically been underrepresented in higher education. He also serves as the associate editor of the Journal of Student Financial Aid, and his work is published in several of the field’s top journals. Hillman earned his master’s degree and doctorate from Indiana University-Bloomington, where he was a McNair scholar.