Mark Wiederspan

Dr. Mark Wiederspan is the former Executive Director for Iowa College Aid. Mark joined Iowa College Aid as Executive Research Officer in June 2018 and was named Division Administrator for Research and Communications in August 2019. Before returning to Iowa, he was a faculty member at Arizona State University. His areas of research include higher education policy, with a focus on financial aid, economics of education, educational pathways to college, and examination of personal and institutional barriers to college persistence and completion. His work has been published in the Journal of Higher Education, National Tax Journal, and Economics of Education Review. Mark earned a B.A. in Political Science from Nebraska Wesleyan University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Michigan’s Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education.

Current research

Denying Loan Access: The Student-Level Consequences When Community Colleges Opt Out of the Stafford Loan Program