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Ahlman, Lindsay – Institute for College Access & Success, 2019
This TICAS (The Institute for College Access & Success) issue brief explores student financial vulnerability and highlights the need for policymakers to both prioritize need-based grant aid and recognize a broader array of financial circumstances and challenges impacting students in order to better address their financial needs and reduce…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Undergraduate Students, Financial Problems, Student Loan Programs
Institute for College Access & Success, 2019
This updated TICAS (The Institute for College Access & Success) analysis finds that low-income students and families actually pay less to attend each of the nine University of California (UC) campuses than they would at Cal State (CSU) or California Community Colleges (CCC) in the same region.
Descriptors: Paying for College, Costs, Low Income Students, Undergraduate Students
Institute for College Access & Success, 2019
States' oversight of higher education has traditionally focused on schools within their borders, not those offering educational programs across state lines. However, an increasing number of students are enrolling online: 1.3 million students now enroll online in a school based in another state. Additional vigilance is required to safeguard states'…
Descriptors: Virtual Universities, Distance Education, College Students, State Legislation
Institute for College Access & Success, 2018
Concerns about college costs and affordability are widespread, but who is impacted and what does that impact look like in California? Twenty-two higher education and financial aid experts with a broad array of experiences and viewpoints were asked these questions to understand more about college affordability and the policymaking landscape in…
Descriptors: College Students, Paying for College, Tuition, Disproportionate Representation
Perry, Angela; Cochrane, Debbie – Institute for College Access & Success, 2018
Online education has become a central feature of American higher education, with three in 10 students enrolled partially or exclusively in distance education. Some policymakers hope that online education can help many more students earn college degrees through its geographic reach, flexible scheduling, and potential to scale. Yet while online…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, College Students
Institute for College Access & Success, 2018
About seven million undergraduates each year rely on federal loans to enroll in and complete college Many students find that student loans are an excellent investment in their future and are able to successfully repay their loans. Others struggle to make payments, or make payments that do not keep up with accruing interest. This factsheet focuses…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, African American Students, Student Loan Programs, Paying for College
Institute for College Access & Success, 2018
About seven million undergraduates annually rely on federal loans to enroll in and complete college. While many successfully repay their loans, some struggle to stay on top of their payments and end up defaulting after 270 or more days of non-payment. Defaulting on a loan has several serious consequences, including adding significantly to the cost…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, Loan Default, Undergraduate Students, Federal Aid
Institute for College Access & Success, 2018
The gainful employment rule enforces the Higher Education Act's requirement that all career education programs receiving federal student aid "prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The rule uses debt-to-earnings ratios to assess whether career education programs at public, nonprofit, and for-profit colleges…
Descriptors: Career Education, Low Achievement, Federal Aid, Student Financial Aid
Dalal, Neha; Stein, Beth; Thompson, Jessica – Institute for College Access & Success, 2018
This new TICAS (The Institute for College Access & Success) report details existing requirements that govern the calculation and provision of post-college employment metrics, documents weaknesses in existing data, and recommends federal and state policy changes to support comparable, accurate, accessible information for measuring post-college…
Descriptors: College Graduates, Employment Patterns, Success, Education Work Relationship
Institute for College Access & Success, 2018
Within California, there is widespread understanding and consensus that college affordability is a challenge that needs to be addressed. Along with this consensus on the nature and implications of California's college affordability problems, there is also emerging agreement about how to tackle it. While this convergence can form the backbone of a…
Descriptors: Student Financial Aid, Educational Change, College Students, Paying for College
Dalal, Neha; Thompson, Jessica – Institute for College Access & Success, 2018
This new TICAS (The Institute for College Access & Success) brief explores how the punitive consequences of defaulting on student debt can perversely make it harder for struggling borrowers to return to school and regain their financial footing, even though graduating from college will make it easier to repay their loans. The brief includes…
Descriptors: Loan Default, Debt (Financial), Student Loan Programs, College Students
Institute for College Access & Success, 2017
The cost of a college degree is an enormous challenge for many students. Not only has tuition increased across the country in response to state disinvestment in higher education, but the additional costs associated with attending college (including books and supplies, transportation, and living expenses that can exceed $19,000 annually) present…
Descriptors: Costs, Higher Education, Paying for College, Debt (Financial)
Cheng, Diane; Thompson, Jessica – Institute for College Access & Success, 2017
College has never been so necessary or so expensive for Americans. Rising costs, state disinvestment, declining household incomes, and grant aid that has not kept pace lead more students to borrow, and borrow more, to go to school. While federal student loans are the safest option for students who need to borrow, rising student loan debt has…
Descriptors: Student Loan Programs, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Loan Repayment
Cochrane, Debbie; Shireman, Robert – Institute for College Access & Success, 2017
State policy makers may have assumed that, because for-profit colleges receive up to 90 percent of their funds through the U.S. Department of Education and additional funds for serving military and veteran students, overseeing them is primarily a federal responsibility. But in fact, federal oversight has been demonstrated to be inadequate, and the…
Descriptors: Proprietary Schools, Postsecondary Education, Colleges, Federal Aid
Cochrane, Debbie; Szabo-Kubitz, Laura – Institute for College Access & Success, 2016
"On the Verge: Costs and Tradeoffs Facing Community College Students" documents California community college students' struggles to cover college expenses beyond tuition, their experiences with financial aid, and the troubling tradeoffs they face when available resources do not stretch far enough. Consistent with a growing body of…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Educational Finance, Paying for College
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