In the middle of a global health crisis, thanks to your engagement for support, TICAS stood up for students and borrowers like never before. We celebrated our fifteenth anniversary in 2020 and renewed our fight for affordability, accessibility, and equity in higher education. Here’s how we made change together:

But there’s so much more work to be done. While federal student loan borrowers have been granted temporary relief during the COVID-19 pandemic, payments restart on February 1 unless the Administration and Congress takes immediate action. The federal Pell Grant, which helps make college possible for about 7 million students, currently covers less than one-third of the average cost of attending a four-year public college and Pell Grant recipients today are more than twice as likely as other students to have student loans. And important protections for students and taxpayers were weakened this year by powerful interests.

Double your power and impact. Contributions made by December 31st will help us reach our 2020 goal, and a dollar-for-dollar match will have DOUBLE the impact this holiday season. Visit to make your annual gift.

Thank you to those who have already given. We are so appreciative of your support and happy holidays.

James Kvaal,

President, The Institute for College Access & Success