California Budget Proposal Includes Narrow but Important Cal Grant Fix

The California Governor’s budget proposal includes much to like for higher education. Deepened investments in public colleges and universities, as well as a fund for innovation in higher education, will serve to keep tuitions steady and make it easier for … Continue reading

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U.S. Department of Education Strikes Out on CDRs

In the last three months, the U.S. Department of Education has struck out on clarifying what cohort default rates (CDRs) mean for students and colleges, prompting some colleges to stop offering federal student loans. The Department needs to provide better … Continue reading

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Low-Hanging Federal Loan Fruit

For college students who need to borrow, at any type of school, federal student loans are the safest and most affordable choice. Unfortunately, some community colleges across the country continue to deny their students access to federal loans. This leaves … Continue reading

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Cal Grants: California’s Original Middle Class Scholarship Program

Tomorrow or Saturday, the Legislature will vote on the 2013-14 Budget Act. Included in the budget at the behest of the Assembly Speaker, and agreed to by the Senate pro Tempore and the Governor, is a new Middle Class Scholarship … Continue reading

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California Governor’s 2013-14 May Budget Revision: FAFSA Proposal Still Misses the Mark

California Governor Jerry Brown today updated his proposed spending plan for 2013-14.  As in his January plan, he proposes no policy changes to the Cal Grant program, a welcome reprieve from recent years’ cuts.  We are also pleased that he … Continue reading

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California Governor’s 2013-14 Budget: Kudos and Questions

Today Governor Jerry Brown introduced his proposal for the 2013-14 state budget. His proposal outlines laudable and critical goals for higher education: making the state’s public colleges more affordable; increasing the number of Californians who complete a degree or certificate; … Continue reading

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Taking Stock of Cal Grants

The passage of California’s Proposition 30 last month protected both K-12 and higher education from another round of severe cuts. This good news also creates an opportunity to reflect on how state resources can best ensure access and support success … Continue reading

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TICAS VP Drives Home the Importance of Meaningful Disclosure

TICAS vice president Pauline Abernathy served on a panel at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) on September 19, 2012 . The event’s focus was on providing better information about earnings and outcomes for potential college students and their families, in … Continue reading

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In a Win for Students, Kern Community College District Trustees Postpone Vote on Axing Federal Loans

In a victory for community college students, the Kern Community College District Trustees have postponed a vote on whether to do away with access to federal loans at Bakersfield College in California. For those who can’t otherwise afford to attend … Continue reading

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Letter to the Sacramento Bee Editor

We submitted this letter to the editor of the Sacramento Bee in response to a June 10, 2012 opinion piece: In Sunday’s Bee, Student Aid Commission Chair Barry Keene cited our research on college affordability (“State can cut costs without … Continue reading

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