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But Congress Must Fully Fund Pell Grants to Keep College Affordable
The Institute for College Access & Success, June 2012
The bipartisan Senate agreement on the student loan interest rate would help contain the cost of borrowing for more than seven million students in the coming school year. The agreement would keep the interest rate on new subsidized Stafford loans at 3.4% for an additional year, welcome news for...
The Institute for College Access & Success, June 2012
The California Assembly and Senate are poised to vote on a budget plan (AB 1476) that prioritizes college affordability for low- and middle-income Californians by rejecting the most harmful proposals to cut the state’s Cal Grant program. Cal Grants are a crucial lifeline for hundreds of thousands...
More Outreach Needed to the Millions of Borrowers in Distress
The Institute for College Access & Success, June 2012
The steps announced by the White House on June 6, 2012, will make it much easier for millions of struggling federal student loan borrowers to keep their payments manageable by enrolling in the Income-Based Repayment (IBR) plan. According to a White House fact sheet, the Presidential Memorandum will...
The Institute for College Access & Success, June 2012
College financial aid offers should be easy to understand and compare, but too often they are not. On June 5, 2012, the White House announced that 10 colleges and university systems have committed to include several crucial and comparable pieces of information about costs, aid, and student outcomes...
Makes College Less Affordable and Student Loans Harder to Repay
The Institute for College Access & Success, March 2012
With students and families across the nation struggling to keep up with college costs and pay off their student loans, the House Budget Committee’s fiscal year 2013 budget would make college even less affordable and student debt harder to repay by slashing funding and eligibility for Pell Grants,...
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Starts Taking Their Complaints
The Institute For College Access & Success, March 2012
Until today, private student loan borrowers had virtually nowhere to turn for help. Consumers had to navigate a sea of acronyms—including OCC, FDIC, FRB, FTC and FSA—just to know which federal agency had authority over their lender, and even then they were frequently left at the mercy of their...
Fully Funds Pell Grants through 2014-15, Takes Other Key Steps to Limit Need to Borrow and Keep Loan Debt Manageable
The Institute for College Access & Success, February 2012
President Obama’s fiscal year 2013 budget rightly makes college affordability a high priority by taking several key steps to help limit the need to borrow and keep debt manageable for those who need loans to get through school.
The Institute for College Access & Success, February 2012
Debbie Cochrane, program director of The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS), will testify on February 14 ,2012, at a state legislative hearing entitled “California's Oversight of Private Postsecondary Education."...
The Institute for College Access & Success, January 2012
We applaud the bold steps the President announced today to ensure college access and success for all Americans. The President’s plan continues to invest in Pell Grants and need-based student assistance that enable millions of students to attend and complete college and limit their student debt. It...
The Institute for College Access & Success, January 2012
We are saddened to see more than $300 million in Cal Grant cuts in the 2012-13 budget proposal released by California Governor Jerry Brown on January 6, 2012. Cal Grants are a crucial lifeline for hundreds of thousands of California students who couldn’t afford to attend or complete college without...

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