For 15 years, The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) has worked to close economic and racial gaps in college opportunity. Our research and advocacy have contributed to more affordable student loan repayment plans, larger Pell Grants and Cal Grants, a simpler financial aid application process, and other policies that make college more affordable, accountable, and equitable for students. We take pride in what we have done. But, ultimately, our success is measured by the impact our work has on students’ lives, and we know there is so much more left to do.
We’re celebrating our accomplishments, but more importantly, taking time to reflect on the past, learn in the moment, and plan for what comes next.