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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...
Report recommends college and federal policies to help students avoid default
The Association of Community College Trustees and the Institute for College Access & Success, July 2014
Protecting Colleges and Students, released by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) and The Institute for College Access...
Native Americans, African Americans, and Latinos Disproportionately Affected; Significant Variations by State and within States
The Institute for College Access & Success, July 2014
With Americans increasingly having to borrow to pay for college, a new report from the Institute for College Access...
Interest rates and fees rise, subsidized loans won’t accrue interest during grace period
The Institute for College Access & Success, June 2014
July 1 is when most changes to federal student aid go into effect for the coming school year. Several are lined up for 2014-15, including higher interest rates on new student loans for undergraduates, graduate students, and parents. The Institute on College Access...
TICAS Details Unintended Consequences, Trade-offs, and Challenges
The Institute for College Access & Success, April 2014
This white paper analyzes the potential effects of requiring income-driven repayment for all federal loans as well as relying on paycheck withholding for loan payments, with particular attention to the implications for low-income students and families. TICAS also examines the relevance and...
Slashes Pell Grants and Increases Borrowing Costs
The Institute for College Access & Success, April 2014
Despite bipartisan concern about rising college costs and student debt, the House Budget Committee’s fiscal year 2015 budget slashes funding for Pell Grants, forcing millions of Pell Grant recipients to borrow more, while simultaneously increasing the cost of their loans.
from Career Education Programs that Over-Charge and Under-Deliver
The Institute for College Access & Success, March 2014
"While we commend the Administration for issuing a proposed gainful employment regulation today, the draft rule is soft on career education programs that consistently leave students with debts they can’t repay, and too hard on low-cost programs where most students do not borrow at all. Rather than...
Makes Permanent and Expands Access to the Most Targeted College Tax Benefit
The Institute for College Access & Success, March 2014
President Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget proposal released today takes important steps towards making college affordable for millions of Americans by reducing the need to borrow and making federal student loan payments more manageable. It does this by investing in Pell Grants, making the American...

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