May 20, 2011
Comments in response to 5-5-11 Department of Education Notice of Establishment of Negotiated Rulemaking Committees
The Institute for College Access & Success
The Institute for College Access & Success sent comments to the U.S. Department of Education in response to the notice of established negotiated rulemaking committees and notice of public hearings, recommending that the Department:
Ensure that Income-Based Repayment and Income-Contingent Repayment are providing access to affordable loan payments, clarify the Public Service Loan Forgiveness regulations, ensure relief is available for financially distressed borrowers and that those who default can get back into repayment, improve the fairness and effectiveness of the cohort default rate policies, revise the process for disability discharge determinations, update and revise the false certification determination regulation, improve the loan collection regulations, and improve entrance and exit loan counseling regulations.
Read the comments
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