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April 2015

Comments from TICAS and other organizations that advocate for students and quality higher education, in response to the Senate HELP Committee’s request for feedback. The comments recommend improvements to the current system and warn against creating new pathways for gaining eligibility for...

The Institute for College Access & Success, April 2015

TICAS comments in response to the Senate HELP Committee’s request for feedback, including a detailed proposal to tie college eligibility for federal aid more closely to the level of risk each institution poses to students and taxpayers, and to provide rewards for colleges where risks are low,...

April 2015

Letter from more than 45 organizations working on behalf of students, consumers, veterans, faculty and staff, civil rights, and college access expressing strong opposition to House and Senate legislation that would repeal the gainful employment rule and create new loopholes in the statutory ban...

The Institute for College Access & Success, April 2015

While some California college students are entitled to state Cal Grants, more than 300,000 applicants must compete for one of just 22,500 available “competitive” grants. With so many more eligible applicants than available grants, the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) relies on a scoring...

The Institute for College Access & Success, March 2015

TICAS memo analyzing aspects of the Department of Education’s draft regulatory language establishing a new income‐driven repayment plan, called the Revised Pay As You Earn (REPAYE) plan.

The Institute for College Access & Success, March 2015

Testimony of Debbie Cochrane, Research Director of the Institute for College Access & Success, for the California State Assembly Committee on Budget, Subcommittee 2 on Education Finance "Cal Grants and College Affordability."

The Institute for College Access & Success, March 2015

This document contrasts college costs and affordability for California public colleges. It is a supplement to the testimony of TICAS research director Debbie Cochrane at the California Assembly Budget Subcommittee #2 on Education Finance hearing on the Cal Grant program.

The Institute for College Access & Success, February 2015

TICAS’ regulatory recommendations to improve the Pay As You Earn (PAYE) federal student loan repayment plan through the negotiated rulemaking session beginning February 24-26, 2015. These recommendations would increase PAYE access, simplicity and...

The Institute for College Access & Success, February 2015

TICAS comments in response to the Department of Education’s request for feedback on its recently released framework for designing and implementing a college ratings system. Building on our previous comments, we recommend, among other things, that the Department include a measure of student debt...

The Institute for College Access & Success, February 2015

TICAS memo outlining how to immediately and dramatically simplify the federal student aid application process for millions of students by expanding access to the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which lets users transfer their own tax data directly into the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (...

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