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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...

The Institute for College Access & Success, June 2015

Statement on House FY16 education funding bill which blocks gainful employment rule, and cuts student aid. With millions of Americans struggling to pay for college and repay student loans, Congress should be helping make college more affordable and strengthening protections for students and...

The Institute for College Access & Success, June 2015

We praise the Department for recognizing the need for relief for students defrauded by Corinthian and other unscrupulous schools, and for committing to create a fair, clear, and efficient loan discharge process, including ‘debt relief to groups of students.’ Unfortunately, under the process...

The Institute for College Access & Success, April 2015

It is unconscionable that Corinthian was still enrolling new students and receiving taxpayer funding until just a few days ago, given the problems that have been evident for years. The federal government, states, and accreditors need to be much more aggressive in holding schools accountable. The...

Senate and House FY16 Budget Plans Make College Less Affordable Both Slash Pell Grants, Increase Student Debt - House Plan Also Repeals Pay As You Earn Plan and Public Service Loan Forgiveness
The Institute for College Access & Success, March 2015

With students and families already struggling to pay for college and the federal government already profiting from federal student loans, both the Senate and House Budget Committees’ fiscal year 2016 budget plans would force millions of low- and moderate-income students to borrow even more while...

Slashes Pell Grants, Eliminates Grants Entirely for Some Students
The Institute for College Access & Success, March 2015

Despite acknowledging that ‘too many young people are graduating with enormous debt,’ the House Budget Committee’s fiscal year 2016 budget slashes funding for Pell Grants, forcing millions of low- and moderate-income students to either borrow more, drop out, or forgo college altogether.

The Institute for College Access & Success, March 2015

We applaud the President’s commitments to better serve the nation’s federal and private student loan borrowers, including those in financial distress and those who have been wronged by loan servicers, loan collectors, or schools. 

The Presidential Memorandum takes many steps that...

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