Searching for Common Ground: Week One of Negotiated Rulemaking

October 13, 2021

Last Monday, negotiators for this fall’s Affordability and Student Loans Committee began their work on the first of two anticipated negotiated rulemakings (“neg reg”), a process through which the Department of Education (ED) works with a group of external stakeholders to try and find consensus on proposed higher education regulations—ideally to shorten the rulemaking...


Reality Check: Examining the Most Common Statements Made by For-Profits During the 2021 Negotiated Rulemaking Public Comment Period

September 21, 2021

After the U.S. Department of Education invited written comments as part of the ongoing negotiated rulemaking process, TICAS--along with our partners at New America and Veterans Education Success--took a deep dive to examine the public comments submitted by groups in the for-profit education industry. We identified the five most common areas of concern...


New Metrics Needed to Highlight and Close Racial Disparities in Student Debt Outcomes by College

April 1, 2021

A college degree or credential is a crucial stepping-stone for upward economic mobility. Yet far too many colleges routinely and disproportionately enroll students who end up struggling to repay or, worse, default on their student debt. Further, the debt burdens faced by students who attend these colleges fall most heavily on low-income students and underrepresented students...