The Institute for College Access & Success, October 2012
This report examines the state of net price calculators nearly a year after almost all U.S. colleges were required to post them on their websites. These online tools are supposed to help consumers look past “sticker price” and get an early, individualized estimate of what a specific college might...
Income-Based Repayment Plan Could Help More Borrowers Avoid Default
The Institute for College Access & Success, September 2012
New data released today by the U.S. Department of Education confirm that student loan default continues to plague far too many borrowers. However, the data paint an uneven picture behind the overall trend, with very different default rates for borrowers at different types of schools. These data...
Highlights Creative Solutions Developed at California Schools
The Institute for College Access & Success, August 2012
A new report takes a closer look at how some forward-thinking community colleges in California are promoting responsible use of federal student loans – ideas that can be adopted by colleges across the country.
The Institute for College Access & Success, July 2012
The report from the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee’s two-year investigation of the for-profit college industry makes the urgent need for reform abundantly clear. By closely examining industry practices, corporate finances, and student outcomes, the investigation...
TICAS urges all colleges to adopt standard format
The Institute for College Access & Success, July 2012
Students and families will be able to easily understand and compare the real cost of different colleges, if schools across the country adopt the user-friendly Shopping Sheet released by the U.S. Department of Education.

Students and families need to know how much each college will really...
Documents Reckless Lending Leaving Borrowers and Co-Signers with No Way Out
The Institute for College Access & Success, July 2012
The new report released by the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and U.S. Department of Education sheds much-needed light on the private student loan market and the urgent need for reforms.
But Turns Blind Eye to Fraud and Abuse in Career Education Programs
The Institute for College Access & Success, July 2012
On July 18, 2012, the House Labor-HHS-Education appropriations subcommittee voted to fully fund Pell Grants in the upcoming year. This year’s House Appropriations Committee bill is a sharp reversal from last year’s bill and this year’s House budget, both of which drastically cut Pell Grants. But...
The Institute for College Access & Success, June 2012
While it is unfortunate that any cuts were considered necessary, the 2012-13 California budget signed by Governor Jerry Brown avoids the most harmful Cal Grant proposals and creates incentives for all colleges to serve students better. In particular, the Cal Grant performance measures position...
But Congress Must Fully Fund Pell Grants to Keep College Affordable
The Institute for College Access & Success, June 2012
The bipartisan Senate agreement on the student loan interest rate would help contain the cost of borrowing for more than seven million students in the coming school year. The agreement would keep the interest rate on new subsidized Stafford loans at 3.4% for an additional year, welcome news for...
The Institute for College Access & Success, June 2012
The California Assembly and Senate are poised to vote on a budget plan (AB 1476) that prioritizes college affordability for low- and middle-income Californians by rejecting the most harmful proposals to cut the state’s Cal Grant program. Cal Grants are a crucial lifeline for hundreds of thousands...