March 20, 2007
Going to the Source: A Practical Way to Simplify the FAFSA
The Institute for College Access & Success
This report outlines a plan for simplifying the financial aid application process by letting financial aid applicants ask the IRS to automatically answer many of the most difficult and important questions on the FAFSA. In addition to dramatically simplifying the process for students and families, this reform would cut down on costly verification paperwork for colleges and universities, and improve accuracy and data security.
Read the report
Simplifying the FAFSA homepage
Student 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.
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.
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.
Making Loans Work
Our new report takes a closer look at how some forward-thinking community colleges in California are promoting responsible use of federal student loans - ideas that can be adopted by colleges across the country.
Our new report looks at promising and problematic practices of financial aid offices when students apply for private student loans.
After the FAFSA
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 that
one in three likely Pell-eligible applicants did not receive a Pell