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The Institute for College Access & Success, October 2018

Today’s court decision is landmark news for student loan borrowers who were cheated by their colleges. The borrower defense rule that became effective at noon today protects students against illegal conduct by their college, offering relief that more than 100,000 borrowers have been waiting too...

The Institute for College Access & Success, October 2018

The Department needs more time on its ill-conceived gainful employment and borrower defense proposals, and that means that the current rules will remain the law of the land for at least 21 more months. Now it’s long past time to end the illegal delays and implement them. Students need...

The Institute for College Access & Success, September 2018

New data from the U.S. Department of Education show that 10.8 percent of federal student loan borrowers who entered repayment in 2015 had defaulted on their loans by 2017, a decrease from the prior year’s rate of 11.5 percent. Rates decreased at public and nonprofit colleges, but increased at...

Disparities in student loan burdens and defaults need increased attention
The Institute for College Access & Success, September 2018

New data show that the average student debt for college graduates continues to climb but at a slower pace, according to a report released by the Institute for College Access & Success. Nationally, about two in three (65 percent) college seniors who graduated from public and private nonprofit...

The Institute for College Access & Success, August 2018

Three million Americans now go to college entirely online, including 1.3 million enrolled at a school online in a state other than where they live. This represents an important new choice for students, but also a new challenge for states seeking to ensure the quality of the education provided to...

The Institute for College Access & Success, August 2018

Today the Trump Administration proposed to erase the gainful employment rule, which protects hundreds of thousands of students from being swamped by loans they cannot afford.

The gainful employment rule ensures that career education programs cannot leave their graduates with low earnings...

Proposal Would Drive Up Student Loan Default
The Institute for College Access & Success, July 2018

The Trump Administration just proposed to gut the borrower defense rule. Their proposal would drive up student loan default. The message to students is loud and clear: you’re on your own.

Bill would increase maximum award by $100 and cut Pell funding by $600 million
The Institute for College Access & Success, June 2018

The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a fiscal year 2019 education spending bill that increases the Pell award by a modest but meaningful $100, and cuts $600 million from the Pell Grant reserve fund. A broad coalition of Pell advocates has...

House Budget Committee’s FY19 Budget Resolution Demands Massive Cuts to Education Funding
The Institute for College Access & Success, June 2018

The House Budget Committee’s fiscal year 2019 Budget Resolution calls for astonishing cuts to student financial aid as part of a package that exceeds $200 billion over the next decade. The simultaneous cuts to student loans and Pell Grants would be a devastating one-two punch to students...

The Institute for College Access & Success, March 2018

We are grateful that Congress has heeded the recent call from over 60 diverse, national organizations to prioritize Pell Grants in the FY18 Omnibus. The bill released tonight eliminates a previously proposed cut to Pell Grant program reserve funds, and in doing so will help keep the program on...

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