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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

Charting the Course for Redesigning Financial Aid in California

Report outlines specific recommendations for California policymakers to create an achievable debt-free pathway to a college degree or certificate for California residents.

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Better Together: How a Reimagined Federal-State Partnership to Fund Public Higher Ed Could Help Bring College Within Reach for All

Comprehensive policy framework for designing a new federal-state partnership to fund public higher education. This proposal offers a roadmap for turning the tide of state disinvestment and restoring the promise of public higher education for all students.

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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.


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Lunch & Learn | Financial Aid Webinar Series
Event / 10.28.2019

Lunch & Learn | Financial Aid Webinar Series

We're pleased to announce a series of one-hour webinars designed to bring higher education stakeholders in California up to speed on key financial aid issues facing college students.

Statement on the College Affordability Act
News & Media

Statement on the College Affordability Act

Statement on the House College Affordability Act, a comprehensive overhaul of the Higher Education Act that would invest hundreds of billions of dollars in college…