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The Institute for College Access & Success, March 2016

We urge Congress not to undermine Pell Grants by raiding the temporary Pell Grant surplus to fund other programs. Using Pell Grant funds for any other purpose would jeopardize access to college when our nation and economy need a more educated workforce.

Eliminates Scheduled $120 Increase in 2017; Freezes Maximum Grant for 10 Years
The Institute for College Access & Success, March 2016

Despite acknowledging that ‘millions of Americans are graduating with too much student loan debt,’ the House Budget Committee’s fiscal year 2017 budget would make college less affordable, forcing millions of low- and moderate-income students to borrow more,...

Broad Coalition Releases Analysis and Recommendations to Strengthen College Grant Program
The Institute for College Access & Success, March 2016

TICAS and twenty members of Californians for College Affordability, a broad coalition of student, civil rights, college access, business, and workforce organizations, released a new analysis of how to strengthen Cal Grants for California’s low-income students...

The Institute for College Access & Success, February 2016

We applaud the President’s nomination of John B. King Jr. as the U.S. Secretary of Education. Acting Secretary King is committed to improving college access, affordability, and completion. His career as a leader and educator has focused on the need to ensure every student has access to a high-...

The Institute for College Access & Success, February 2016

President Obama’s fiscal year 2017 budget proposal takes important steps to strengthen Pell Grants, improve income-driven repayment, encourage states to invest in higher education, and increase college accountability for student outcomes....

The Institute for College Access & Success, February 2016

Debbie Cochrane, research director at The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS), will testify before the California Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education at a hearing on community college affordability this Wednesday, February 3.

The Institute for College Access & Success, January 2016

Statement on the Administration's comprehensive proposal to strengthen Pell Grants, to help more low- and moderate-income students go to college and graduate without burdensome debt....

REPAYE Gives Congress Strong Starting Point to Streamline Income-Driven Plans
The Institute for College Access & Success, October 2015

Final regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Education create a new income-driven repayment (IDR) plan for federal student loans, called Revised Pay As You Earn (REPAYE), which improves on existing plans in key ways....

New report includes state and college debt levels for 2014 grads, 10-year state trends
The Institute for College Access & Success, October 2015

Student debt is still rising for new graduates. At public and nonprofit colleges in 2014, seven in 10 graduating seniors (69%) had student loans.Their average debt was $28,950: up two percent compared to the Class of 2013. About one-sixth of 2014 graduates’ debt (17%) was in private loans, which...

Event will include panel discussion of changes over last decade, implications for federal policy
The Institute for College Access & Success, October 2015

Lauren Asher, president of The Institute for College Access & Success, will present new national, state-by-state, and college-level findings about the student debt of 2014 bachelor’s degree recipients, plus a first-time look at 10-year trends in debt at graduation by state.

The...

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