As higher education faces a potential exodus of students -- particularly lower-income students who attend community colleges -- what role could creative financing play in helping students bridge the gap from college to a career?

Chris Keaveney thinks Meritize can be part of the solution. The private lender focuses on reducing risk and friction for students, colleges and employers. Keaveney, the founder and CEO, talked about what the model could mean for skills-based learning.

We also spoke with Carlo Salerno, vice president for research at Campus Logic, a student financial success technology company. A higher education economist, Salerno gave a national perspective on Meritize as well as income-share agreements.

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