We Can’t Build Back Better Without Restoring the Promise of Higher Education

October 14, 2021

The Build Back Better Act includes three core higher education reforms: a new federal-state partnership to fund tuition-free community college; a boost to the maximum Pell Grant; and a landmark fund to support evidence-based student success initiatives. Together, these will go a long way toward restoring the promise of higher education and addressing the root causes of rising..


Roadmap for Reform: Making Income-Driven Repayment Work Better for Borrowers

September 29, 2021

With over 8.5 million borrowers currently enrolled, income-driven repayment (IDR) plans have become a critical safety net for student loan borrowers since the first widely available plan was created in 2007. For many borrowers, the monthly payment amount they would be required to make under a standard repayment plan is too high. IDR plans address this by allowing borrowers...


What to Know About the Latest Free College Bills

June 23, 2021

This spring, lawmakers introduced three major legislative proposals to improve college affordability. These bills — the America’s College Promise Act, the Debt-Free College Act, and the College for All Act — differ in scope and design but would all create a new partnership between the federal government and states to better fund public higher education and waive some portion...


College Scorecard Repayment Rates by Completion Status

February 4, 2021

In January, the U.S. Department of Education updated the College Scorecard interface and released new data elements including dollar-based repayment rates. These new repayment rates shed light on the share of dollars on student loans being repaid over time for each college and program.