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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...

The Institute for College Access & Success, October 2015

A report from the U.S. Department of Education takes a comprehensive look at where student loan borrowers need more protection and moves the conversation forward on many important...

Despite Decreases, For-Profit Colleges Account for the Greatest Share of Defaults
The Institute for College Access & Success, September 2015

Federal student loan borrowers’ rates of default three years into repayment are down, show new federal data. Among borrowers who entered repayment in 2012, 11.8% had defaulted on their loans by 2014, a decline from 13.7% for borrowers who entered repayment the prior year. Still, 611,...

The Institute for College Access & Success, September 2015

TICAS research director Debbie Cochrane to testify at a U.S. Department of Education regulatory hearing focused on borrower defenses to repayment, with high stakes for federal student loan borrowers harmed by unscrupulous schools.

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