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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

Dismantling Dire Disparities: A Closer Look at Racially Inequitable Funding at Public Four-Year Colleges and Universities

Report examines funding and resource patterns from the Great Recession to the peak of the economic recovery (2006 to 2018), and takes a deep dive into the public four-year colleges that disproportionately enroll and graduate BIPOC students.

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Data for Equity: Closing Racial and Economic Gaps Through a Federal-State Partnership

Report provides an in-depth overview of federal and state postsecondary data collection, highlights current legislation that could fill existing equity gaps, and makes policy recommendations for federal and state data collection.

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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.

Sameer Gadkaree Named New President of the Institute for College Access & Success
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Sameer Gadkaree Named New President of the Institute for College Access & Success

The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) announced today that Sameer Gadkaree has been selected as the organization’s new president and CEO. Gadkaree has served in senior roles in both higher education and philanthropy. He will assume his new role at TICAS on October 1, 2021.

What is State Authorization, and What Role Does NC-SARA Play?
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What is State Authorization, and What Role Does NC-SARA Play?

Within the higher education regulatory triad – the federal government, states, accrediting agencies – states are tasked with the primary responsibility for ensuring consumer protection…