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Resources for students & borrowers impacted by COVID-19

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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

A Policymaker’s Guide to Using New Student Debt Metrics to Strengthen Higher Education Accountability

Report considers three promising debt metrics that could complement and strengthen existing accountability metrics and ultimately move the needle on borrower success: debt-to-discretionary earnings ratios, earnings net of expected debt payments thresholds, and repayment rates.

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Scaling Student Success: A National Proposal

Increasing college attainment offers tremendous promise for increasing social mobility, tackling poverty, and reducing racial and income inequality, aspirations that are more vital than ever as the devastating impact of the pandemic has fallen disproportionately on people of color. Yet for too many policymakers and practitioners, the path to growing our college completion ...

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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.

California's Cradle-to-Career Data System
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California's Cradle-to-Career Data System

Join TICAS for California’s Cradle-to-Career Data System: The Power of Data to Inform Policy, a webinar focused on California’s current efforts to create the Cradle-to-Career Data System, and hear about how other states have utilized their data systems to inform relevant policy efforts.

California Community College Financial Aid Facts
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California Community College Financial Aid Facts

As the California Legislature considers proposals to strengthen the program and increase access to Cal Grants this year, a new series of fact sheets explores…