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Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Starts Taking Their Complaints
The Institute For College Access & Success, March 2012
Until today, private student loan borrowers had virtually nowhere to turn for help. Consumers had to navigate a sea of acronyms—including OCC, FDIC, FRB, FTC and FSA—just to know which federal agency had authority over their lender, and even then they were frequently left at the mercy of their...
Fully Funds Pell Grants through 2014-15, Takes Other Key Steps to Limit Need to Borrow and Keep Loan Debt Manageable
The Institute for College Access & Success, February 2012
President Obama’s fiscal year 2013 budget rightly makes college affordability a high priority by taking several key steps to help limit the need to borrow and keep debt manageable for those who need loans to get through school.
The Institute for College Access & Success, February 2012
Debbie Cochrane, program director of The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS), will testify on February 14 ,2012, at a state legislative hearing entitled “California's Oversight of Private Postsecondary Education."...
The Institute for College Access & Success, January 2012
We applaud the bold steps the President announced today to ensure college access and success for all Americans. The President’s plan continues to invest in Pell Grants and need-based student assistance that enable millions of students to attend and complete college and limit their student debt. It...
The Institute for College Access & Success, January 2012
We are saddened to see more than $300 million in Cal Grant cuts in the 2012-13 budget proposal released by California Governor Jerry Brown on January 6, 2012. Cal Grants are a crucial lifeline for hundreds of thousands of California students who couldn’t afford to attend or complete college without...
The Institute for College Access & Success, January 2012
President Obama’s appointment of Richard Cordray to direct the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a big win for students and their families, signaling the beginning of the end of the ‘wild west’ of student lending. There’s finally a sheriff in town to protect consumers in the woefully under-...
Proposed immediate retroactive time limit disproportionately harms AfricanAmerican students and transfer students
The Institute for College Access & Success, December 2011
The House FY2012 appropriations bill, filed on December 14, 2011 includes an immediate retroactive limit on Pell Grant eligibility that would eliminate access to these crucial grants for more than 100,000 students nationwide, including those near graduation. The proposed limit would...
The Institute for College Access & Success, December 2011
On December 8, 2011, the Senate blocked a vote on the nomination of Richard Cordray as Director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). Without a Director the CFPB cannot exercise its full authority to protect students and their families from deceptive and predatory private student...
New Bi-Partisan Survey Finds Large Majorities Concerned about Student Debt, Opposed to Cutting Pell Grants and Loan Subsidies
The Institute for College Access & Success, November 2011
While they believe that higher education is more important today than it was for their parents’ generation, most U.S. adults age 18 to 34 also view college as harder to afford than just five years ago. They feel that people are leaving school with too much debt, and they oppose proposals to cut...
New report includes state-by-state and campus-by-campus debt levels, hi-low list
The Project on Student Debt, November 2011
Two-thirds of college seniors graduated with loans in 2010, and they carried an average of $25,250 in debt. They also faced the highest unemployment rate for young college graduates in recent history at 9.1%. Our report, Student Debt and the Class of 2010, includes average debt levels for the 50...

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