To Reach 70 Percent College Attainment in California, We Need 100 Percent of Colleges in the State Onboard

September 29, 2022

The recently adopted (although not yet funded) Cal Grant Reform Act would expand access to and strengthen California’s cornerstone financial aid program, the largest state grant aid program in the country. This follows last year’s historic expansion of the Cal Grant entitlement award to community college students regardless of age or time out of high school.


TICAS Statement on the Biden Administration’s Student Debt and Repayment Announcements

August 24, 2022

“Today, President Biden announced that his administration will cancel up to $10,000 of debt for all student borrowers with federal undergraduate, graduate, and parent loans who earned annual incomes less than $125,000, as well as up to $20,000 of debt for borrowers whose incomes fall below those thresholds and received a Pell Grant to help them pay for college.


Halt and Make Edits: Assessing the Second Work Period of Negotiated Rulemaking

November 9, 2021

Last week, negotiators serving on the Department of Education’s (ED) negotiated rulemaking Affordability and Student Loans Committee convened for the second of three week-long work periods. (See our analysis of the first work period here.) Committee members considered new and revised proposals from ED addressing a broad array of issues including the borrower defense...


Reality Check: Examining the Most Common Statements Made by For-Profits During the 2021 Negotiated Rulemaking Public Comment Period

September 21, 2021

After the U.S. Department of Education invited written comments as part of the ongoing negotiated rulemaking process, TICAS--along with our partners at New America and Veterans Education Success--took a deep dive to examine the public comments submitted by groups in the for-profit education industry. We identified the five most common areas of concern...