Introducing College InSight

CIS screenshotToday we are launching a unique new web site for higher education data and research. College InSight (www.college-insight.org) will be a valuable resource for anyone interested in college affordability, student debt, economic and racial diversity, student success, and other important issues in higher education. The site replaces and improves upon our previous campus-level data site, EconomicDiversity.org.

College InSight provides user-friendly profiles with detailed information for almost 5,000 U.S. colleges and universities, and aggregates data to create totals and averages for states, types of schools, and other groupings. Compare colleges, states, and more based on important issues:

  • Affordability: tuition and the total cost of attendance; how students cover costs through federal, state, and college grant aid, as well as student loans; average student debt levels; colleges' use of need- and merit-based aid.

  • Diversity: data on the racial and ethnic diversity of both students and faculty; indicators of student economic diversity, such as the percentage of undergraduates who received federal Pell Grants and the income distribution of students who applied for financial aid.

  • Student success: graduation rates and the number of degrees and certificates awarded.

Please check out the site, and use it to find information the next time you're looking for college-level data. We will be continually making improvements to the site, and welcome your feedback and suggestions.

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New Report on Foster Youth in California

In California and nationally, very few former foster youth make it to or through college, and cost is a major obstacle. A new report, Hopes & Hurdles: California's Foster Youth and College Financial Aid, shows that despite federal and state programs and policies intended to help them afford college, surprisingly few California foster youth who apply for student aid receive all the grants they should.

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Pauline Abernathy Joins TICAS Staff

We are excited to announce that Pauline Abernathy, who has been serving as Acting Director of Policy and Strategy since May 2009, has joined our staff as Vice President. Pauline has a long history with the organization - she helped launch the Project on Student Debt when she worked at The Pew Charitable Trusts, and was on our board before stepping in to lead national policy and advocacy strategy for the Institute.

 

 

 

(This message was sent to the Institute's mailing list on November 5, 2009.)

Featured Work


SDR2012

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.

SDR2012

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.

SDR2012

At What Cost? How Community Colleges that Do Not Offer Federal Loans Put Students at Risk

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.

SDR2012

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

Strengthening 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.

RADD

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.