Dustin Weeden is a policy specialist with NCSL’s Education Program. Dustin tracks and analyzes legislation on higher education issues including affordability, finance, student aid, performance-based funding, college savings plans, student loans, tuition policy, governance, technology transfer, and educational attainment. Additionally, he authors policy briefs and research reports. Prior to joining, NCSL, Dustin was a Ph.D. student in Higher Education at the University of Iowa. During his graduate studies he worked with several higher education policy organizations including the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission. Dustin also holds degrees from Kansas State University and the University of Denver. The issue areas on which Dustin works are: higher education finance, and higher education.