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Student Debt and the Class of 2013
Student debt is still rising for bachelor's degree recipients. 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. Debt at graduation varies greatly by state and by college, and this report includes average debt levels for each state, lists of notably high- and low-debt colleges, and links to data for more than 1,000 colleges nationwide. It also includes policy recommendations for reducing the burden of student debt.

Making Loans Work: How Community Colleges Support Responsible Borrowing
This 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.

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Q&A on the For-Profit College ď90-10 RuleĒ
March 18, 2015 - Updated frequently asked questions regarding the "90-10" rule, a federal law barring for-profit colleges from receiving more than 90% of their revenues from Department of Education federal student...

Pell Grants Help Keep College Affordable for Millions of Americans
March 13, 2015 - One-pager on the importance of the Pell Grant program, the impact of recent changes, and projected stability in Pell Grant costs.

Memo on Simplifying the FAFSA by Expanding Access to the IRS Data Retrieval Tool
February 11, 2015 - TICAS memo outlining how to immediately and dramatically simplify the federal student aid application process for millions of students by expanding access to the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which lets...

Coalition Letter on Proposed Sale of Corinthian Colleges Campuses to ECMC Group
December 17, 2014 - Fifty organizations that advocate for students, consumers, veterans, service members, college access, and civil rights sent a letter expressing grave concerns about the proposed sale of 56...

Coalition Letter Urging House and Senate Appropriations Committees to Protect Pell Grant Funding
November 24, 2014 - A letter from education advocates, youth advocates, and the business community urging members of the House and Senate appropriations committees to protect Pell Grant funding during ongoing...

Student Debt and the Class of 2013
November 13, 2014 - Student debt is still rising for bachelorís degree recipients. In 2013, seven in 10 (69%) graduating seniors at public and private nonprofit colleges had student loans. These borrowers owed an...

National Policy Agenda to Reduce the Burden of Student Debt
November 10, 2014 - Since 2005, The Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) and its Project on Student Debt have worked to reduce the risks and burdens of student debt. We have helped create and improve...

TICAS Comments on Topics for Negotiated Rulemaking
October 22, 2014 - Comments in response to the September 3, 2014 Federal Register notice soliciting input on topics to be included in the U.S. Department of Educationís upcoming negotiated rulemaking. Key...

TICAS Comments on the Disclosure of Consumer Complaint Narrative Data
September 22, 2014 - Comments in response to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureauís proposed policy statement to disclose consumer complaint narratives within the Bureauís Consumer Complaint Database.

Counselor Tips, Tools, and New Resources for Helping Students Think About Paying for College
September 20, 2014 - Handout created for the 2014 National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) conference, with uAspire. The handout includes tips for counselors and links to helpful tools and...

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