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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.

The Institute for College Access & Success, September 2015

Statement on changes that will make FAFSA easier for students to file and for colleges to process, which TICAS has been calling for since 2007. Basing federal aid eligibility on the tax data available when students typically apply to college, sometimes called ‘prior-prior year’ data, fixes a...

The Institute for College Access & Success, September 2015

Jessica Thompson, senior policy analyst at the Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS), to testify on September 11, 2015, before the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance at a hearing on HEA reauthorization.

The Institute for College Access & Success, June 2015

Statement on Senate FY16 education funding bill, which takes a harmful approach to student aid, including cutting Pell Grant funding by $300 million and blocking common-sense regulations that will help protect students and taxpayers from getting fleeced by career education programs at predatory...

Rates projected to rise sharply in 2016-17; time for Congress to revisit design of federal loans
June 2015

July 1 is an important date for students and families: it’s when most changes to federal student aid – both loans and grants – go into effect. For the year starting July 1, 2015, new federal loans for undergraduates, graduate students, and parents will have lower interest rates than loans taken...

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