With student debt and the price of college on the rise in Texas and nationally, financial aid programs are under increasing scrutiny.

In March, at the inaugural SXSWedu policy forum, hosted in conjunction with The Texas Tribune, four of the state's leading higher education financial aid experts sat down to talk about what works, what doesn't and what could be made better.

Tom Melecki is the director of student financial services at the University of Texas at Austin, Joe Pettibon is the associate vice president for academic services, Terry Bazan is the director of student assistance and veterans affairs at Austin Community College, and Jeff Websteris the assistant vice president for research and analytical services at TG, a public nonprofit corporation created by the Legislature in 1979 in part to monitor student aid.

Click play below to join them for a fascinating discussion about what students, institutions and lawmakers can do to make college affordable:

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