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Unequal Debt Burdens among California State University Graduates
The Cal State Student Association and The Institute for College Access & Success., December 2017

A new report from the Cal State Student Association (CSSA) and The Institute for College Access & Success finds nearly eight in 10 California State University (CSU) graduates who left college with student loan debt had family incomes no greater than $54,000.

Encouraging Innovation While Preventing Abuses
The Century Foundation and the Institute for College Access & Success, December 2017

A new report from The Century Foundation and The Institute for College Access & Success outlines a range of policies and regulatory actions that states can take to protect students against consumer abuses by higher education institutions, particularly for-profit colleges. The report...

How Financial Aid Award Letters Fall Short
The Institute for College Access & Success, December 2017

This issue brief details how the vast majority of financial aid award letters analyzed by TICAS failed to effectively communicate critical information to prospective students, and provides examples of the most problematic elements of those letters. To ensure that award letters are clear and...

The Institute for College Access & Success, November 2017

Document outlining the tax consequences for sample borrowers under income-driven repayment, and calling for loan discharges under IDR plans to be treated as nontaxable income.

The Rationale and the Risks
The Institute for College Access & Success, November 2017

While some workforce and education advocates recommend expanding Pell Grants to cover instructional programs shorter than 15 weeks, many questions remain about whether and how to do so. Current Pell Grant eligibility rules were put in place to protect students and taxpayers from abuse, and...

The Institute for College Access & Success, October 2017

Comments on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB’s) proposed “Student Loan Servicing Market Monitoring” initiative to collect information from both private and federal student loan servicers on their loan portfolios and borrower outcomes. We strongly support this information...

The Institute for College Access & Success, September 2017

Handout created for the 2017 National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) conference, with uAspire. The handout includes tips for counselors and links to helpful tools and resources on financial aid, net price calculators, financial aid award letters, and student loans.
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September 2017

41 organizations representing students, consumers, veterans, service members, college faculty and staff, civil rights, and college access professionals submitted public comments to Education Secretary DeVos urging the Department of Education to place the interests of students themselves front...

The Institute for College Access & Success, September 2017

TICAS urges the Department of Education to work with Congress on a bipartisan basis to address burdensome statute and regulations with an eye towards protecting students and taxpayers and reducing unnecessary burdens on colleges that serve students well.

The Institute for College Access & Success, September 2017

TICAS’ twelfth annual report on debt for bachelor’s degree graduates of public and nonprofit colleges finds wide variations in debt levels across states as well as colleges. 

Average student debt at graduation in 2016 ranged from $20,000 in Utah to $36,350 in New Hampshire, and...

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