Elizabeth Burland is a doctoral candidate in sociology and public policy at the University of Michigan. Her research uses both quantitative causal inference methods and qualitative methods to understand how students make postsecondary decisions, how federal and local financial aid policies affect college going, and how educational inequality contributes to social stratification. Elizabeth uses qualitative interview data, administrative data, and nationally representative survey data in her research. For her dissertation, Elizabeth implemented a longitudinal qualitative interview study within a financial aid intervention, interviewing high school seniors and their families about their postsecondary decisions. Elizabeth received a bachelor's degree in public policy from the University of Delaware, and a master's degree in urban affairs and public policy from the University of Delaware. Previously, Elizabeth worked at the Institute for Public Administration at the University of Delaware as a research and staff support for the state of Delaware's Wilmington Education Improvement Commission.