New Metrics Needed to Highlight and Close Racial Disparities in Student Debt Outcomes by College

April 1, 2021

A college degree or credential is a crucial stepping-stone for upward economic mobility. Yet far too many colleges routinely and disproportionately enroll students who end up struggling to repay or, worse, default on their student debt. Further, the debt burdens faced by students who attend these colleges fall most heavily on low-income students and underrepresented students...


College Scorecard Data Show High Rates of Non-Repayment on Federal Student Loans and Signs of Forbearance Abuse

March 9, 2021

The latest updates to the College Scorecard include new institution and program-level information on recent students and their ability to successfully repay their federal loans, including the proportion of borrowers who are not currently making payments on all student loans because their loans are in default, delinquency, forbearance, or deferment one year and two years after..


COVID-19 Student Loan Repayment Relief is Critical, But Two Consequences Need to be Addressed to Protect Borrowers

November 11, 2020

The current student loan payment relief benefits have provided vital economic support to upwards of 33 million borrowers who can better cover their basic needs during the pandemic without having to worry about their balances ballooning from unpaid interest, or their loans falling into delinquency or default. Without policymaker action, these protections will expire on December.


What Works: College Strategies for Reducing Student Loan Default

October 13, 2020

A brief co-authored by The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) and the Institute for College Access & Success revisits some of the colleges we profiled in 2014 to learn how their approaches to default prevention have evolved over time, and highlights strategies community colleges use to support students and improve their cohort default rates (CDRs).