Takeaways from New Program-Level Data on the College Scorecard

December 5, 2019

The Department of Education recently released a new, more user-friendly version of its College Scorecard website, which is an important consumer resource that provides key information about college costs and student outcomes. Alongside improvements to the website’s user interface, including features that let students more easily compare different institutions, federally...


From Eight Plans to Two: How the College Affordability Act Improves Student Loan Repayment

December 3, 2019

Like other proposals before it, the College Affordability Act (CAA) — House Democrats’ comprehensive proposal to reauthorize the Higher Education Act — makes major progress in improving the federal student loan repayment system. In this blog post, we outline the major components of the new repayment system under the CAA, which is a strong starting point for much-needed...


An Important, No-Cost Way to Improve Cal Grants

October 21, 2019

Thanks to California’s 2019-20 state budget, up to 15,250 more nontraditional college students will get a Cal Grant award each year – a big and much-needed increase to grant availability in a program that turns away hundreds of thousands of eligible low- and middle-income students each year. However, if past is prologue, many of these students still won’t...