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Committee expected to debate, pass HEA Reauthorization bill along party lines
The Institute for College Access & Success, December 2017

The vision for higher education laid out in the House Committee on Education and the Workforce’s legislative proposal to rewrite the Higher Education Act (H.R. 4508) constitutes a grave threat to students seeking an affordable, quality credential, and its expected passage out of committee should...

New Analysis Highlights Need to Standardize Award Letter Elements
The Institute for College Access & Success, December 2017

A new analysis released today by the Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) reveals major shortcomings in the financial aid information that colleges are sending to students. Cost in Translation: How Financial Aid Award Letters Fall Short details how the vast majority of...

Overhaul of Higher Education Act would increase college costs, gut student & taxpayer protections
The Institute for College Access & Success, December 2017

Representative Foxx, Republican Chair of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce, released a wide-ranging proposal today to overhaul the Higher Education Act (HEA) in a way that risks devastating college access and affordability, student success, and the economy.  Simply put,...

The Institute for College Access & Success, October 2017

The Institute for College Access & Success announced today that James Kvaal has been selected as the organization’s new president. Kvaal has served in a number of senior policymaking roles, including deputy domestic policy adviser in the White House. He will assume his new role at TICAS on...

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...

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