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New report casts light on how soon-to-be-required calculators can best help students and families estimate college costs
The Institute for College Access & Success, March 2011
By the end of October, U.S. colleges must meet a federal requirement to create online “net price calculators.” These calculators are intended to help prospective students and their families gauge college affordability, providing early individualized estimates of what particular colleges will cost...
The Institute for College Access & Success, February 2011
In the wake of a massive special-interest lobbying campaign by the career college industry, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a controversial amendment that requires the government to turn a blind eye to waste, fraud and abuse in career education programs that receive billions of dollars in...
The Institute for College Access & Success, January 2011
Statement from Lauren Asher on the January 25 House vote which passed Resolution 38 and directs the Chairman of the House Budget Committee to cut non-security discretionary spending to 2008 levels or less. Cutting funding to 2008 levels would lower the maximum Pell Grant from $5,550 today to $4,...
The Institute for College Access & Success, December 2010
Statement from Lauren Asher on the extension of the American Opportunity Tax Credit (AOTC) and the need for Congress to fully fund the Pell Grant.
Grant Aid and College Tax Credit for Millions Hang in the Balance
The Institute for College Access & Success, December 2010
Statement from Lauren Asher on the need to fully fund Pell Grants and extend the American Opportunity Tax Credit.
The Project on Student Debt, November 2010
The college Class of 2010 is due to receive its first student loan bills as the post-graduation “grace period” on most federal student loans comes to a close and we've updated our Top 10 Student Loan Tips for Recent Grads which can help new borrowers understand their options, avoid getting behind...
Additional changes needed to protect students and taxpayers
The Institute for College Access & Success, October 2010
Statement on the Department of Education's final regulations for 13 of 14 program integrity issues for Title IV funds. These new rules cover important issues such as incentive compensation and recruiting tactics, and the verification of financial aid application information.
The Institute for College Access & Success, October 2010
The College Board's 2010 reports, Trends in College Pricing and Trends in Student Aid, show just how crucial need-based grants are to keeping college within reach. See Lauren Asher's statement on other important findings in these annual reports.
The Project on Student Debt, October 2010
College seniors who graduated in 2009 carried an average of $24,000 in student loan debt. Meanwhile, unemployment for recent college graduates climbed from 5.8% in 2008 to 8.7% in 2009 - the highest annual rate on record for college graduates aged 20 to 24. Our new report, Student Debt and the...
The Project on Student Debt, September 2010
Statement of Lauren Asher in response to the House Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law's passage of the Private Student Loan Bankruptcy Fairness Act of 2010 (H.R. 5043). The bill reverses the unfair and unjustified special protections for lenders of private...

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