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The Institute for College Access & Success

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The Institute for College Access & Success is a trusted source of research, design, and advocacy for student-centered public policies that promote affordability, accountability, and equity in higher education.


Our Work

We try to understand college opportunity through careful research and by listening to the students and those who serve them. We combine concrete, tailored policy recommendations with passionate, sophisticated advocacy, nationally and in California.

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Affordability

We advocate for more accessible and effective Pell Grants and Cal Grants, more affordable student loans, greater and more equitable state funding, and better consumer information for students.

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Accountability

We work to hold predatory colleges accountable for deceptive and illegal conduct, reducing the number of students left worse off by burdensome student debt, and other steps to improve student outcomes.

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California

California’s Master Plan for higher education guarantees a place in college for every eligible student. We seek to ensure students have the financial aid and student services they need to succeed.

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Recent Work

Protecting the Cohort Default Rate from Forbearance Abuse

Fact sheet focuses on the importance of the cohort default rate (CDR), details how some colleges may evade accountability by exploiting forbearance options, and includes recommendations on how to protect the CDR from forbearance abuse.

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The Evolution of the For-Profit College Industry: New Challenges for Oversight

Report focuses on important changes to the sector, which include the growth of online education, the efforts of for-profit colleges to convert to non-profit status, and the increased use of online program managers (OPMs) by public and non-profit colleges to operate their online programs.

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Key Projects

College Insight

College Insight is a unique and valuable data resource for policymakers, journalists, and researchers interested in college affordability, student debt, economic and racial diversity, student success.

Project on Student Debt

We document unaffordable levels of student debt facing many low-income students and students of color. We promote reforms to reduce risky debt and work to ensure all borrowers are treated fairly.

College Costs & Debt in the 2020 Elections
Event / 2.6.2020

College Costs & Debt in the 2020 Elections

Join TICAS, the University of New Hampshire Carsey School of Public Policy, and the UNH Campus Living Association for College Costs & Debt in the 2020 Elections, an event aimed at exploring the challenge of college affordability, how this issue is playing out on the campaign trail, and how it might be addressed by whomever is in the White House in 2021.

House Votes to Restore Protections for Students, Overturn Borrower Defense Rule
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House Votes to Restore Protections for Students, Overturn Borrower Defense Rule

The borrower defense rule protects students by discharging loans tied to fraud and other illegal conduct by their colleges. In September, the Trump Administration rewrote…