November 9, 2011
Poll: Young Adults Say Higher Education is More Important but Less Affordable
Comes with too Much Debt, and Should be a Priority for Congress and the Economy
The Institute for College Access & Success
A national bi-partisan survey of adults ages 18-34 reveals that young adults today believe a college education is more important than it was for their parents' generation, that it has become less affordable in the last five years, and that students are leaving school with too much debt.
Young adults of all backgrounds and across the political spectrum oppose proposals to reduce federal financial aid, either by decreasing access to Pell Grants or charging interest on student loans while borrowers are still in school. Instead, they believe Congress should make college and training more affordable, and that it is a key way to strengthen the economy as well.
Click here to read the press release
Summary of Findings with Charts & Graphs [Powerpoint download]
Questionnaire with Results by Age
Questionnaire with Results by Race and Ethnicity
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