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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...

February 2015

Fourteen organizations that advocate for students, taxpayers, and access to quality higher education issued a joint statement expressing concerns about the Report of the Task Force on Federal Regulation of Higher Education. The report does not represent the views of students or consumers, and it...

The Institute for College Access & Success, February 2015

The sale of Corinthian campuses to ECMC continues to raise serious concerns, but the terms announced today include significant new debt relief for tens of thousands of Corinthian students and new safeguards to protect students and taxpayers from fraud in the future. The provisions include...

The Institute for College Access & Success, February 2015

President Obama’s fiscal year 2016 budget proposal rightly prioritizes making college more affordable and reducing student debt burdens, especially for those facing the highest financial hurdles, and includes multiple TICAS policy recommendations. This budget helps reduce students’ need to...

The Institute for College Access & Success, January 2015

The recently announced White House plan elevates the universal need for some post-secondary education in today’s economy and the need to make college affordability a national priority. The White House plan differs significantly from Tennessee’s and other “free community college” plans and...

New report shows student loan debt still rising for bachelor’s degree recipients
The Institute for College Access & Success, November 2014
Student debt levels for newly minted bachelor’s degrees continue to rise, but how high varies greatly by state and by college, according to a new report by TICAS’ Project on Student Debt. In 2013, seven in 10 (69%) graduating seniors at public and private nonprofit colleges had student loans...
Statement of Pauline Abernathy
The Institute for College Access & Success, October 2014
Statement on the U.S. Department of Education’s final “gainful employment” regulation covering all post-secondary career education programs at public, nonprofit, and for-profit colleges. This inadequate final rule makes it all the more urgent that the Obama Administration immediately take...
For-Profit Colleges Account for Nearly Half of all Defaults
The Institute for College Access & Success, September 2014
More than 650,000 federal student loan borrowers who entered repayment in 2011 defaulted on their loans by 2013, new federal data show. For-profit colleges account for nearly half of these defaults (288,000 or 44%) despite enrolling just 12 percent of students nationally. For-profit colleges also...

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