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The Institute for College Access & Success, October 2017

Today’s lawsuit from 18 state attorneys general, led by Maryland and Pennsylvania, is a welcome development for anyone who cares about students, veterans, taxpayers, or the rule of law. We’re confident the federal courts will require the Education Department to...

House Budget Plan Would Fast Track $20B in Cuts to Education Spending to Help Pay for Tax Cuts
The Institute for College Access & Success, October 2017

On October 5, 2017, House of Representatives passed its fiscal year 2018 budget resolution, which fast tracks an unprecedented level of cuts to education funding to facilitate Senate passage of tax cuts with only a simple majority of votes. Unlike the Senate budget resolution ...

Recent Education Department Actions Will Lead to Even More Defaults
The Institute for College Access & Success, September 2017

Data released today by the U.S. Education Department show the share of new federal student loan borrowers defaulting rose for the first time in four years. Despite the availability of income-driven repayment plans that are helping millions of borrowers stay on top of their payments, a record 8.5...

Report includes state and college data; federal, state, and college policy recommendations
The Institute for College Access & Success, September 2017

Student Debt and the Class of 2016, TICAS’ twelfth annual report on debt for bachelor’s degree graduates of public and nonprofit colleges, finds wide variations in debt levels across states as well as colleges. Average student debt at graduation in 2016 ranged from $20,000 in Utah to $...

The Institute for College Access & Success, September 2017

The Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) Appropriations Subcommittee voted on a bipartisan basis to approve a Fiscal Year 2018 (FY18) spending plan that increases the maximum Pell Grant by $100 (from $5,920 to $6,020) for the 2018-19 year. This 1.7% increase will help...

Opens Floodgates for For-Profit Colleges to Reinstate their Worst Programs and Practices
The Institute for College Access & Success, August 2017

The U.S. Department of Education announced further action illegally gutting the gainful employment regulation by allowing all failing programs to enroll students without warning them,  allowing all programs to appeal ratings based on data that may significantly overstate the actual earnings...

Bill reflects TICAS recommendations to automatically enroll distressed borrowers into income-driven plans; automate key annual processes
The Institute for College Access & Success, August 2017

In a strong show of bipartisan effort, Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Ryan Costello (R-PA), Patrick Meehan (R-PA), Seth Moulton (D-MA), and Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) introduced legislation in both the House and Senate that would help student loan borrowers avoid the devastation of...

The Institute for College Access & Success, July 2017

On July 19, 2017, the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education (LHHS) appropriations bill that cuts $3.3 billion from Pell Grants, raiding funds needed to help millions of low- and moderate-income students attend and complete college. The...

Slashes Pell Grants and Increases Student Debt, Makes it Harder to Repay Loans
The Institute for College Access & Success, July 2017

The House Budget Committee’s fiscal year 2018 budget resolution lays out a plan more extreme than the deep budget cuts proposed by the Trump Administration, and would force millions of students to borrow more, raise their cost of borrowing, and make it harder to repay their loans...

The Institute for College Access & Success, July 2017

The House FY2018 Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education appropriations bill cuts $3.3 billion from Pell Grants and freezes grant amounts. The Pell Grant is our nation’s most effective investment for ensuring equitable access to higher education, and plays a critical role in...

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