Jason C. Lee is the Lottery Scholarship & Financial Aid Research Director at the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. Previously, he worked as a resident director at the University of Pittsburgh and as a high school English teacher in both Pennsylvania and Nevada. Lee earned a Bachelor of Science in secondary education from Slippery Rock University and a Master of Arts in student affairs in higher education at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. During his time at IUP, Lee worked in a variety of student service areas including: career services, academic advising and support, financial aid, and residence life. His current research interests include college student financial literacy, higher education finance, and the tripartite factors that affect postsecondary access and persistence: financial circumstances, academic preparation, and social-cultural influences. In line with these interests, Lee and his master’s thesis advisor, Dr. John Mueller, co-authored a manuscript entitled Student Loan Debt Literacy: A Comparison of First-generation and Continuing-generation College Students, which will be published by the Journal of College Student Development in 2014.
He is the 2016 recipient of the Zell and Shirley Miller Fellowship.