Comments on IPEDS SFA Survey

January 2, 2009

It is important for students, policymakers, and the public to have timely and accurate information on financial aid to inform decision making and hold colleges accountable for their policies and practices. We support the proposed changes to the IPEDS Student Financial Aid (SFA) survey because they will provide important information about students’ use of federal grant programs...

Better Data on Student Borrowing Needed

October 22, 2008

Student debt is up again, according to the data that we at the Project on Student Debt released today. One of the lessons we have learned from putting together these reports for the past three years is just how difficult it is to get timely and accurate information about students' loans. Congress and the next leadership of the U.S. Department of Education could take some simple...

Letter to Secretary Spellings about Cohort Default Rates

August 27, 2008

This letter requests that the Department of Education flag two-year institutions with exceptionally low federal loan participation rates in their annual Cohort Default Rate report. This practice would more accurately highlight problematic institutional default rates, and take some pressure off of those that are high due to a small number of students borrowing.