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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

Student Debt and the Class of 2019

More than six in ten (62%) college seniors who graduated from public and private nonprofit colleges in 2019 had student loan debt and they owed an average of $28,950. This is a lower share of students than the Class of 2018 (65%), and a very slight decline (less than 1%) in total debt from the 2018 average of $29,200.

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Giving Students the Upper Hand: Improving Net Price Calculators to Aid Michigan’s Students and Families in Making College Decisions

Report finds that college Net Price Calculators in Michigan are not consistently easy for students to find, use, or compare, and makes recommendations for how the federal government, states, and colleges can improve these college cost tools.

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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.

TICAS' 15th Anniversary
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TICAS' 15th Anniversary

For 15 years, we've worked to close economic and racial gaps in college opportunity. Our research and advocacy have contributed to more affordable student loan repayment plans, larger Pell Grants and Cal Grants, a simpler financial aid application process, and other policies that make college more affordable, accountable, and equitable. We’re celebrating our accomplishments, but more importantly, taking time to reflect on the past, learn in the moment, and plan for what comes next.

REPORT: Class of 2019 Four-Year Graduates’ Average Student Debt Is $28,950
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REPORT: Class of 2019 Four-Year Graduates’ Average Student Debt Is $28,950

More than six in ten (62%) college seniors who graduated from public and private nonprofit colleges in 2019 had student loan debt and they owed…