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The Project on Student Debt (78)
College InSight (3)
College Access Marketing (1)
Student Loan Watch (1)
Keeping California's Promise (20)
Simplifying the FAFSA (9)

The Project on Student Debt (78)

National Policy Agenda to Reduce the Burden of Student Debt

The Institute for College Access & Success, November 2014

Since 2005, The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) and its Project on Student Debt have worked to reduce the risks and burdens of student debt. We have helped create and improve...

Quick Facts About Student Debt

The Project on Student Debt, March 2014

Useful one-page fact sheet about average student debt across all sectors of higher education and Pell Grants.

Student Debt and the Class of 2012

The Institute for College Access & Success, December 2013

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)...

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College InSight (3)

Comments on IPEDS SFA Survey

The Institute for College Access & Success, January 2009

It is important for students, policymakers, and the public to have timely and accurate information on financial aid to inform decision making and hold colleges accountable for their policies and...

Comments on 2009-10 Student Aid Report (SAR)

The Institute for College Access & Success, November 2008

Our comments on the draft 2009-2010 Student Aid Report (SAR) emphasize the need for the report to send a clear message about students' federal aid eligibility and the steps they must take to...

Time to Reexamine Institutional Cooperation on Financial Aid

The Institute for College Access & Success, June 2008

Over the past two decades, colleges and universities have increasingly engaged in financial aid "bidding wars" for students with high test scores or grades but little or no financial need. A new...

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College Access Marketing (1)

Financial Aid Awareness and College Attainment

The Institute for College Access & Success, October 2004

This is a pdf of a powerpoint presentation given at the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute on college access marketing, with specific examples of marketing campaigns from across the country.

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Student Loan Watch (1)

Money For Nothing

Student Loan Watch, August 2004

The Institute's first major publication, Money For Nothing, brought national attention to the practice of "recycling" student loans with a guaranteed 9.5 percent interest subsidy. Until public...

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Keeping California's Promise (20)

Handout of Debbie Cochrane at the California Student Aid Commission’s Symposium on Student Debt on November 14, 2014

The Institute for College Access & Success, November 2014

Average debt of California’s four-year college graduates remains lower than in other states, but the share of graduates who have debt has risen at public universities.

Strengthening Cal Grants to Better Serve Today’s African-American Students

The Institute for College Access & Success, April 2014

Cal Grants provide more than $1.6 billion in need-based grants to California college students. However, many low-income students are left out of the program, and the grant that the lowest income...

Strengthening Cal Grants to Better Serve Today’s Latino Students

The Institute for College Access & Success, April 2014

Cal Grants provide more than $1.6 billion in need-based grants to California college students. However, many low-income students are left out of the program, and the grant that the lowest income...

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Simplifying the FAFSA (9)

Official TICAS Comments on the Draft 2011-12 FAFSA

The Institute for College Access & Success, November 2010

The Institute for College Access & Success sent comments to the Department of Education on several of the Federal Student Aid Application materials that the Secretary proposes to use for the...

After the FAFSA

The Institute for College Access & Success, July 2010

This report sheds light on what happens to federal financial aid applicants after they submit the FAFSA. Using 2007-08 financial aid data from 13 California community colleges, the Institute found...

Official Comment on 2010-11 Student Aid Report (SAR)

The Institute for College Access & Success, November 2009

The SAR is what federal aid applicants receive after filing the FAFSA. Our official public comments focus on ways to make it more clear and helpful to students and families so that they can make...

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Featured Reports


SDR2012

Student Debt and the Class of 2013

In 2013, seven in 10 (69%) graduating seniors at public and private nonprofit colleges had student loans. These borrowers owed an average of $28,400 in federal and private loans combined, up two percent compared to their peers in 2012.

SDR2012

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.

SDR2012

At What Cost? How Community Colleges that Do Not Offer Federal Loans Put Students at Risk

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.

SDR2012

Should 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.

Cal GrantsStrengthening
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.

RADD

Aligning 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.

Adding It All Up 2012: Are College Net Price Calculators Easy to Find, Use, and Compare?

This report examines the state of net price calculators nearly a year after almost all U.S. colleges were required to post them on their websites. Our in-depth look at 50 randomly selected colleges' calculators found that many are difficult for prospective college students and their families to find, use, and compare.