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Thanks for a Great #GivingTuesday! (If you missed it, there's still time to give)

Thanks so much to all of you who donated to TICAS last week on #GivingTuesday! Your support means so much to us. And if you missed it, there's still time to include TICAS in your 2014 charitable giving.

Because you care about college affordability and student debt, please make a tax-deductible gift to TICAS this holiday season if you haven't already. TICAS is your go-to source for the latest data and analysis, practical policy solutions, and ways to get involved. We need your help to keep making a difference for low-income students and struggling borrowers.

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Maximum Pell Grant Increased by $100; $2 Billion Cut Averted

TICAS recently asked other advocates for students and education and the business community, to join us in urging Congress to protect Pell Grant funding during budget negotiations. Thanks to the work of this coalition, a proposed $2 billion cut − which would have created a funding gap for Pell Grants starting next year − was averted. Instead, the spending bill passed last night by the House will increase maximum Pell Grant as scheduled by $100 to $5,830 in the next academic year! The same spending bill does, however, include a $303 million cut.

Read the coalition's letter to members of the House and Senate appropriations committees


TICAS in the News: 50 States and 3,000+ Stories in 2014

TICAS's work was featured in more than 3,000 news stories and editorials this year, spanning all 50 states (plus DC)! We called attention to rising student debt; ways to improve financial aid and loan repayment options; and why college is far from affordable for low-income students. A few highlights: we weighed in with NPR on the complexity of financial aid process on; shined a spotlight on the nearly one million community college students that lack access federal student loans in the Washington Post; and sparked three New York Times editorials (one on ways to help student borrowers avoid default, and two on predatory career education programs). And findings from our November report − Student Debt and the Class of 2013 have already been cited more than 300 times.

We couldn't serve as a trusted resource to reporters and editors around the country without your support.

Click here to watch TICAS president Lauren Asher on CNBC

February 16, 2015