This report examines student debt in all 50 states and at four-year public and private nonprofit colleges and universities in the U.S. As student debt continued to rise, unemployment climbed from an already challenging 7.6 percent in the third quarter of 2008 to 10.6 percent in 2009. See average...
The SAR is what federal aid applicants receive after filing the FAFSA. Our official public comments focus on ways to make it more clear and helpful to students and families so that they can make informed choices about how to pay for college.
The self-certification form must be filled out by students applying for a private student loan, starting in February 2010. This new process is the result of a provision in the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. Our official public comments suggest ways to better accomplish Congress’s intent...
The Institute for College Access & Success' comments on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2010-11 school year in response to the Federal Register notice published on September 4, 2009 (FR Doc. E9–21483)...
The Institute for College Access & Success, October 2009
California Foster Youth and College Financial Aid
In California and nationally, very few former foster youth make it to or through college, and cost is a major obstacle. A new report shows that despite federal and state programs and policies intended to help them afford college, surprisingly few California foster youth who apply for student aid...
Thirty-two organizations signed this letter to Rep. Barney Frank, Chair of the House Financial Services Committee, urging that all private student loans, including those made by colleges, fall under the jurisdiction of the Consumer Financial Protection Agency.
The Project on Student Debt, October 2009
Community College Students Need Access to Federal Loans
The Project on Student Debt has released a new report, "Getting with the Program: Community College Students Need Access to Federal Loans," which finds that nearly one in 10 community college students in the U.S. can’t get a federal loan if they need one because their schools choose not to...
The Institute for College Access & Success, September 2009
The Institute for College Access & Success' Cedrick Andrews and Matt Reed presented at this year's National College Access Networks conference in San Francisco on financial aid award letters and best practices. ...
Comments from Team II Negotiated Rulemaking to the U.S. Department of Education regarding preferred lender arrangements, private education loans, self-certification and exit counseling.
Lauren Asher was invited to testify at the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law's hearing, "An Undue Hardship? Discharging Educational Debt in Bankruptcy."