December 6, 2007
Green Lights & Red Tape
Improving Access to Financial Aid at California's Community Colleges
Deborah Frankle Cochrane
The Institute for College Access & Success
This report finds wide variations in financial aid policies and practices at the state’s community colleges, which can have a major impact on students’ access to available aid. We hope that our findings and recommendations encourage students, administrators, and policymakers to maximize the use of federal and state aid dollars.
Read the report
Read the Executive Summary(.pdf)
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.
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.
What Cost? How Community Colleges that Do Not Offer Federal Loans Put Students
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.
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 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.