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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

Dire Disparities: Patterns of Racially Inequitable Funding and Student Success in Public Postsecondary Education

Report examining changes in state and local appropriations and tuition revenue between the years during and following the Great Recession, and their impact on resources disparities across public colleges and universities, and the underrepresented students of color who enroll in them.

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Bittersweet Relief: Strengthening California’s Tuition Recovery Fund to Better Support

We examine the history of California’s Student Tuition Recovery Fund and student loan forgiveness programs, describe the impact of school closures, and provide policy recommendations informed by student testimony.

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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.

Lunch & Learn | Financial Aid Webinar Series
Event / 09.30.2019

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 Final Borrower Defense Rule
News & Media

Statement on the Final Borrower Defense Rule

The Trump Administration has neglected 180,000 borrowers seeking relief from illegal acts by their colleges, many for years. If that wasn’t clear enough evidence…