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what we do

  • The Project on Student Debt


    The Project on Student Debt works to increase public understanding of rising student debt and the implications for our families, economy, and society.

  • Keeping California's Promise


    California’s Master Plan for higher education guarantees a place in college for every eligible student. TICAS seeks to maximize the effectiveness of this promise by ensuring students have the financial aid and student services they need to succeed, particularly at California’s community colleges.

  • College InSight


    College InSight is a unique new web site for higher education data and research. The site is a valuable resource for anyone interested in college affordability, student debt, economic and racial diversity, student success, and other important issues in higher education.

  • Simplifying the FAFSA


    There is widespread agreement that the current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is a barrier to college access. TICAS supports using IRS data to automatically answer income questions on the FAFSA.


what's new

Special Topics

Resources, publications and links on specific topics including:

Recent Products

TICAS IDRShould All Student Loan Payments Be Income-Driven?

This white paper analyzes the potential effects of requiring income-driven repayment for all federal loans as well as relying on paycheck withholding for loan payments, with particular attention to the implications for low-income students and families.

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SDR2010Student Debt and the Class of 2012

Seven in 10 college seniors (71%) who graduated last year had student loan debt, with an average of $29,400 per borrower. From 2008 to 2012, debt at graduation (federal and private loans combined) increased an average of six percent each year.

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RADDAligning the Means and the Ends

This white paper calls for major changes to federal student aid, including Pell Grants, student loans, and tax benefits, with the goals of increasing college affordability and completion.

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Cal Grants

Strengthening Cal Grants to Better Serve Today's Students

TICAS and more than a dozen other student, civil rights, business, and college access organizations have come together to release a new analysis of how Cal Grants could better serve low-income college students.

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Cohort Default Resource Page

Our resource page on the federal two-year and three-year student loan cohort default rates (CDRs) provides background and useful links about cohort default rates for reporters, policymakers, and the general public.

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