Affordability

We advocate for more accessible and effective Pell Grants and Cal Grants, more affordable student loans, greater and more equitable state funding, and better information to help students make good financial decisions.

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Accountability

We work to hold predatory colleges accountable for deceptive and illegal conduct, reducing the number of students left worse off by burdensome student debt, and other steps to improve student outcomes.

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Anti-Poverty & Basic Needs

Our Anti-Poverty & Basic Needs team advocates to remove restrictions on higher education in programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), TANF, and the Child Care & Development Fund (CCDF) due to decades of “work first” requirements that exclude postsecondary education. These restrictions have been worsening the opportunity gap, undermining security and mobility for families, and hampering economic growth and stability for states and the nation.

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College Completion

We collaborate with advocates and institutions to advocate for federal and state governments to build on proven comprehensive approaches to student supports that help students successfully complete their college degrees.

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California

California’s Master Plan for higher education guarantees a place in college for every eligible student. We seek to ensure students in the state have the financial aid and student services they need to succeed.

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Michigan

TICAS Michigan strives to be a resource and educator on policies and processes that affect college access, affordability, and credential attainment. We seek to uplift and elevate community and student voice in policy decision-making to ensure student and family's needs are met.

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Shifting Narratives: Centering Race in Defining and Measuring College Value

To support ongoing advocacy for equitable investments in both students of color and institutions serving the largest shares of racially marginalized students, in its latest analysis, TICAS introduced a new metric, Race and Economic Mobility (REM), which captures economic outcomes by institutions’ composition of racially marginalized students.

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National Rural College Completion Trends, Challenges, and Solutions

This brief highlights key facts and barriers rural students and Rural-Serving Institutions face, make recommendations to address them, and raise the importance of centering the diversity of rural communities in completion research and policy.

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Higher Education: Our Nation’s “Preeminent Engine of Upward Mobility”

Higher Education: Our Nation’s “Preeminent Engine of Upward Mobility”

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Financing Evidence-Based College Completion Programs

Financing Evidence-Based College Completion Programs

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