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  • The Project on Student Debt

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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.


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At What Cost?

In 2013-14, nearly one million community college students across the nation were denied access to federal student loans. Our report includes national and state-by-state analyses of loan access by race/ethnicity and urbanicity, and takes an in-depth look at North Carolina, California, and Georgia.

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Protecting Colleges And Students: Community College Strategies to Prevent Default

Protecting Colleges and Students takes a unique look at student loan default at nine community colleges across the nation, and how those colleges are working to help students avoid default.

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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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