October 11, 2011
House FY12 Appropriations Bill Penalizes Work for Low-Income Students by Cutting the Income Protection Allowance (IPA)
Coalition fact sheet
The Income Protection Allowance (IPA) is the amount of income a student or family can keep to cover minimal living expenses before being expected to contribute toward college costs. According to one student aid expert, it is “a modest allowance for basic living expenses. It barely addresses well-body care.” The House Fiscal Year 2012 appropriations bill drastically rolls back the bipartisan increases in IPA levels enacted in 2007 to help needy students. Current IPA levels are near the poverty level, and this rollback would cut Pell Grants by $22 billion over 10 years for millions of students who already struggle to cover living expenses and college costs.
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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.
Student Debt and the Class of 2011
Two-thirds of college seniors who graduated in 2011 had student loan debt, with an average of $26,600 per borrower. Meanwhile, unemployment for young college graduates remained high at 8.8 percent in 2011.
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