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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

Institutional Grant Aid at California Colleges: A Primer

Report sheds light on the role institutional grants play in supplementing federal and state aid to support affordable and equitable college opportunity in California, highlighting the scale and diversity of these programs in the state’s public and private nonprofit colleges.

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What College Costs for Low-Income Californians: 2020

Analysis finds that out-of-pocket college costs are unaffordable for low-income Californians, and often more so at the state’s community colleges where tuition is low. This analysis is the third in a series, and is the first to look at affordability challenges of students in different living arrangements.

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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 COVID-19 Resources and Publications
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TICAS COVID-19 Resources and Publications

Regularly refreshed with TICAS' work related to the coronavirus and college affordability, includes current fact sheets, statements, and our coalition work.

Out-of-Pocket College Costs Remain Unaffordable for Low-Income Californians, Strengthened State and Institutional Aid Can Help
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Out-of-Pocket College Costs Remain Unaffordable for Low-Income Californians, Strengthened State and Institutional Aid Can Help

Two new studies examine the critical roles that state and institutional financial aid play in college affordability for low-income Californians.