Yi Wei began her study in the Educational Policy program in Fall 2011. Before coming to MSU, she studied at Peking University in Beijing, and received her bachelor's degree in Political Science and a second degree in Economics. It was through understanding the limited effectiveness of the volunteer teaching efforts at disadvantaged primary schools, as well as the difficulties associated with helping poor students find private financial sponsors to continue their education, that she became aware of the overarching importance of government policies on creating change in students' lives. She chose to continue study in the Graduate School of Education. During study in the M.A. program, she shared interests with the work of the China Institute for Educational Finance Research, a leading academic think tank which helps build education policies for China's Ministries of Finance and Education. During her work at CIEFR, she became interested in how government policies can distribute educational resources unequally across schools and the impact of policies and intervention programs on student choice.