Weigh in on

"Know Before You Owe" Financial Aid Shopping Sheet

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the U.S. Department of Education are looking for feedback on their draft "Know Before You Owe" financial aid shopping sheet. It's designed to help students better understand how much each college would actually cost them. They want to know what you wish you'd known before deciding where to go to college and how to pay for it!

TICAS recently submitted our own comments, with the most critical elements to include (like the full cost of attendance and net price) and recommendations to make the form even more helpful to students. We encourage you to submit your own comments!

Read our comments and submit your own

Proposed Cuts to College Affordability Harm Low-Income Californians

Last week, California Governor Jerry Brown proposed a 2012-13 state budget with more than $300 million in Cal Grant cuts. Cal Grants are a crucial lifeline for hundreds of thousands of California students who couldn't afford to attend or complete college without them -- students whose success is central to our state's economic recovery.

Read our statement on the proposed cuts

California Task Force Overlooks Aid's Role in Community College Student Success

The California Community Colleges Student Success Task Force recently issued its final report, and this week the community college system's Board of Governors endorsed the recommendations.  Unfortunately, the report pays little attention to issues of affordability and financial aid, despite their importance to student persistence and completion.

Read our blog post and public comments on the Task Force report


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