Our Work

National Policy Agenda to Reduce the Burden of Student Debt

Current Projects

The Project on Student Debt

The Project on Student Debt

The Project on Student Debt works to increase public understanding of rising student debt and the implications for our families, economy, and society. Through research, policy development, and advocacy, the Project’s goal is to identify cost-effective solutions that expand educational opportunity, protect family financial security, and advance economic competitiveness

Keeping California's Promise


California’s Master Plan for higher education, adopted in 1960, guarantees a place in college for every state resident who can benefit. In the face of today’s challenges, the state needs to find new ways to keep that promise. TICAS engages in this work with a focus on the role of financial aid in serving the 2.1 million students at California’s community colleges.

Simplifying the FAFSA


To help more students get the aid they are eligible for, TICAS works to simplify the aid application process and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

College InSight


College InSight is a unique new web site for higher education data and research. The site is a valuable resource for anyone interested in college affordability, student debt, economic and racial diversity, student success, and other important issues in higher education.



Past Projects

Financial Aid Pledges to Reduce Student Debt

For several years, TICAS monitored and analyzed colleges’ public commitments to limit or eliminate student loans from financial aid packages for low- and middle-income students. 

Difficult Dialogues Initiative

Difficult Dialogues

The Difficult Dialogues Initiative was a program designed to promote academic freedom and religious, cultural, and political pluralism on college and university campuses in the United States. Supported by the Ford Foundation, 43 institutions are implementing projects that address a wide range of topics. Through the Assessment and Evaluation Development Team (AEDT), TICAS has worked with the Difficult Dialogues Initiative providing technical assistance and support in the areas of assessment and evaluation to grantee institutions. 

College Access Marketing

College Access Marketing

Working for the Pathways to College Network, TICAS developed a web site to assist agencies and organizations that want to use marketing techniques to help increase college participation. The site allows college access professionals the ability to share effective strategies and materials, avoid common mistakes, and find creative ideas.

Student Loan Watch

Student Loan Watch

Early on, TICAS studied ways to make the federal student loan programs more cost-efficient, freeing up funds to help more families afford college. That work, previously known as Student Loan Watch, is now part of Higher Ed Watch, a project of the New America Foundation’s Education Policy Program.