Thomas G. Mortenson is a Senior Scholar at the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education in Washington, D.C. and an independent higher education policy analyst. Tom’s policy research focuses on the ways public policy fosters or impedes access to that opportunity. He has special concern for populations that are under-represented in higher education: low income/first generation, minorities, and males. His studies have addressed academic and financial preparation for college, access, choice, persistence, attainment, and labor force entry of college graduates. He is particularly interested in public and private finance of higher education opportunity and the enrollment consequences of the cost-shift from state taxpayers to students and their families that has been underway since 1980. He has been employed in policy research and budget analysis roles for the University of Minnesota, Illinois Board of Higher Education, Illinois State Scholarship Commission, and the American College Testing Program. Currently, Tom researches and writes Postsecondary Education OPPORTUNITY (PEO), a research newsletter devoted to analysis and reporting on the demographics, sociology, history, politics and economics of educational opportunity after high school.