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The Institute for College Access & Success, February 2019

"Congress must tackle student debt by increasing scholarships and holding colleges accountable for unaffordable debts. While Senator Alexander laid out constructive ideas today, they do not pass that test.

"College is more important than ever, but the Pell Grant’s value is near all-time...

The Institute for College Access & Success, January 2019

With widespread agreement that college in California is unaffordable, Governor Gavin Newsom has today proposed a critical ‘down payment’ on expanding and strengthening the state Cal Grant program. His budget proposal would modestly increase the number of Cal Grants available to nontraditional...

The Institute for College Access & Success, January 2019

“While his full budget plan won’t be unveiled until next week, Governor-elect Gavin Newsom appears to be embracing the fact that investing more in education – from preschool through adulthood – must be a priority for California to retain its economic strength and standing.

“Since 1984...

The Institute for College Access & Success, January 2019

California students might be surprised by the findings of a new study on college costs. The analysis finds that low-income students and families actually pay less to attend each of the nine University of California (UC) campuses than they would at Cal State (CSU) or California Community Colleges...

The Institute for College Access & Success, December 2018

While it shouldn’t take a court order, today’s announcement is welcome news for 15,000 borrowers whose colleges closed. But these 15,000 borrowers are a small fraction of those eligible for loan discharges because their schools closed or committed illegal acts. It’s long past time for...

The Institute for College Access & Success, December 2018

While students consistently rank the ability to get a good job as one of the most important factors in their college choices, too often this critical information is unavailable or misleading.Of Metrics and Markets: Measuring Post-College Employment Success describes the many misleading...

New approach would cover students’ total college costs after reasonable student and family contributions
The Institute for College Access & Success, November 2018

With one of the largest economies in the world, keen public attention to issues of college costs and student debt, and an incoming Governor committed to reforming financial aid to better cover total college costs, the decisions California’s leaders make in the coming months could help close...

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...

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