2019-20 California State Budget Agreement Makes Critical Down Payments Towards College Affordability

June 12, 2019

The California State Legislature is poised to approve a state budget that includes key steps forward on the path to affordable college. The budget includes the largest-ever increase in the number of ‘competitive’ Cal Grants – those available to nontraditional students – a top priority of legislative leaders, students, civil rights groups, businesses, and other...


New Analysis Finds Unequal Debt Burdens among University of California Undergraduates

March 21, 2019

A report released today by the University of California Student Association (UCSA) and The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) finds that the burden of student loan debt is not borne evenly across all university graduates. First Comes Diploma, Then Comes Debt. Unequal Debt Burdens among University of California Undergraduates finds that the lowest income college graduates...


New Report Finds Information on California College Employment Outcomes is Inconsistent, Incomplete, Inaccessible

March 12, 2019

One of the primary factors that students and families consider when deciding where to go to college is the likelihood that a particular program will lead to a successful career. California has long led the nation in developing and maintaining quality higher education options for students, as well as in providing financial aid and consumer protections for those who access that...


Statement on California Assembly For-Profit College Bill Package

February 27, 2019

By rolling back federal rules designed to protect students and taxpayers from abuse at the hands of predatory colleges, the Trump Administration is putting students across the country at risk. We commend the California Assemblymembers seeking to instill state backstops to ensure that Californians, and the integrity of the state’s financial aid programs, remain protected regardless...


Experts Kick Off Series of Financial Aid Reform Discussions in Sacramento

February 19, 2019

Experts across California agree that college costs hold students back from completing college or completing it in a timely way, keep students from focusing on their studies, and contribute to burdensome levels of debt. With California Governor Gavin Newsom and the State Legislature both keenly interested in reforming California’s financial aid system to reduce these barriers,...