Consumer Information in Higher Education

April 29, 2019

College choices are among the most consequential decisions individuals make in their lifetimes. Students are entitled to information that meets five principles: simple, salient, comparable, timely, and trusted. Consumer Information in Higher Education describes how research informs these five key principles and recommends improvements to three key consumer information tools in...

Coalition Letter of Support for the Understanding the True Cost of College Act

April 23, 2019

Over forty organizations representing students, colleges, scholarship providers, education advocates, veterans, consumers, civil rights advocates, and the business community write in support of the Understanding the True Cost of College Act. The common-sense solutions offered in the Understanding the True Cost of College Act are low-hanging fruit: a uniform financial aid offer...

Don’t Stop Improving: Supporting Data-Driven Continuous Improvement in College Student Outcomes

March 29, 2019

This issue brief explores how colleges and universities can best use data to help drive student success and offers recommendations to both schools and policymakers. While data-driven evidence is a critical tool for colleges, building a culture of continuous improvement and finding the resources to implement success strategies are equally integral to realizing improvements in...

Three Bipartisan Bills Would Ensure Students Have Key Information to Help Make Decisions about Where to Go to College and How to Pay for It

March 27, 2019

We don’t ask consumers to purchase a car without knowing in advance how much it will cost them, their options for paying for it, and how well it typically performs, but this is precisely the untenable ask we make of students deciding where to go college and how to pay for it. Three bills introduced today by Senators Grassley (R-IA), Smith (D-MN), and Ernst (R-IA), one of which...

10 Key Tips and Tools for Helping Students Understand Financial Aid

October 18, 2018

Affordability is a key issue for many students and families when choosing which colleges to apply to and attend, but the financial aid process can seem overwhelming. At the recent NCAN conference in Pittsburgh, TICAS and uAspire shared specific ways that counselors can help students and families approach the issue of college affordability and understand their financial aid options.