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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

Rising Student Debt and the 2020 Election

In the 2020 presidential election campaign, college affordability has become a central household economic issue that nearly every candidate feels compelled to address.

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Protecting the Cohort Default Rate from Forbearance Abuse

Fact sheet focuses on the importance of the cohort default rate (CDR), details how some colleges may evade accountability by exploiting forbearance options, and includes recommendations on how to protect the CDR from forbearance abuse.

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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.

Tell the Senate to Protect Students Against Fraud
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Tell the Senate to Protect Students Against Fraud

Next week, the U.S. Senate will vote on rules protecting students from fraud and other illegal conduct by their colleges, and Congress needs to hear from YOU!

TICAS Statement on Trump Administration's FY21 Budget for Higher Education
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TICAS Statement on Trump Administration's FY21 Budget for Higher Education

TICAS Statement on Trump Administration's FY21 Budget for Higher Education