New Coalition Releases College Affordability Principles

July 25, 2019

The College Affordability Coalition — 25 organizations representing students and families, institutions, consumers, and civil rights groups — released principles for the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act to ensure college is affordable for all Americans, including students of color and low-income students.


A Popular Student Loan Fix Has Been Stalled for Years. It’s Time to Act.

July 1, 2019

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the first income-driven repayment (IDR) plan being made available for federal student loan borrowers. Over eight million borrowers currently benefit from IDR plans, which base monthly payments on an individual’s income and family size. By keeping monthly payments more affordable, IDR is a critical safety net for struggling borrowers that...


Plans to Streamline Income-Driven Repayment Show Both Overlap and Divergence

April 30, 2019

Income-driven repayment (IDR) plans set monthly student loan payments based on income and family size, allowing borrowers to pay more when their income is higher. Yet, the current array of such plans available today - for which eligibility requirements, costs, and benefits vary - creates barriers to successfully navigating student loan repayment. The variety of available plans...