We Can’t Build Back Better Without Restoring the Promise of Higher Education

October 14, 2021

The Build Back Better Act includes three core higher education reforms: a new federal-state partnership to fund tuition-free community college; a boost to the maximum Pell Grant; and a landmark fund to support evidence-based student success initiatives. Together, these will go a long way toward restoring the promise of higher education and addressing the root causes of rising..


Searching for Common Ground: Week One of Negotiated Rulemaking

October 13, 2021

Last Monday, negotiators for this fall’s Affordability and Student Loans Committee began their work on the first of two anticipated negotiated rulemakings (“neg reg”), a process through which the Department of Education (ED) works with a group of external stakeholders to try and find consensus on proposed higher education regulations—ideally to shorten the rulemaking...


Roadmap for Reform: Making Income-Driven Repayment Work Better for Borrowers

September 29, 2021

With over 8.5 million borrowers currently enrolled, income-driven repayment (IDR) plans have become a critical safety net for student loan borrowers since the first widely available plan was created in 2007. For many borrowers, the monthly payment amount they would be required to make under a standard repayment plan is too high. IDR plans address this by allowing borrowers...


Reality Check: Examining the Most Common Statements Made by For-Profits During the 2021 Negotiated Rulemaking Public Comment Period

September 21, 2021

After the U.S. Department of Education invited written comments as part of the ongoing negotiated rulemaking process, TICAS--along with our partners at New America and Veterans Education Success--took a deep dive to examine the public comments submitted by groups in the for-profit education industry. We identified the five most common areas of concern they identified...