Educational Institutions

The Institute for College Access & Success Inc

  • Oakland, CA
  • www.ticas.org

Mission Statement

An independent, nonprofit organization, the Institute for College Access & Success (TICAS) works to make higher education more available and affordable for people of all backgrounds. By conducting and supporting nonpartisan research, analysis, and advocacy, TICAS aims to improve the processes and public policies that can pave the way to successful educational outcomes for students and for society. TICAS is a nonpartisan organization.

Main Programs

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Service Areas

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National

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ruling year

2005

Principal Officer since 2009

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Ms Lauren Asher

Keywords

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student debt, student loans, college opportunity, college access,financial aid,student aid,education,ibr, income-based repayment

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EIN

20-1368860

 Number

5241196065

Also Known As

TICAS

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Accomplishments-Since its creation in 2004 and the launch of the Project on Student Debt in 2005, the Institute has become a widely known and highly respected source of research and policy expertise on financial aid, college affordability, and related issues.

Our research and analysis has shaped public understanding of financial aid and influenced policy and practice at the federal, state, and college levels.

~Our approach to shifting taxpayer dollars from lender profits to student aid became an integral part of the College Cost Reduction & Access Act of 2007.

~The CCRAA also created new Income Based Repayment Program (IBR), modeled on our Plan for Fair Loan Payments.

~We created www.IBRinfo.org(http://www.IBRinfo.org) in 2008 to give consumers crucial information about IBR and Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

~Our annual state-by-state analysis of student debt is a key source of information on student debt for the media, other researchers, policymakers, and the public.

~The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 includes several provisions inspired by our proposal to simplify the FAFSA using IRS data.

~Our Economic Diversity of Colleges database (www.economicdiversity.org(http://www.economicdiversity.org) ) is the only publicly available, comprehensive source of campus-level data on student income, race, ethnicity, and loan usage.

Programs

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Program 1

Program Listing

The Project on Student Debt, Economic Diversity of Colleges Web Site, Communicating Affordability, Difficult Dialogues

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

$1,884,627.00

Service Areas

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National

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The Institute for College Access & Success
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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The Institute for College Access & Success Inc

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms Lauren Asher

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The president of the Institute for College Access & Success is Lauren Asher, a nationally recognized expert on student loans and financial aid. Ms. Asher co-founded of the Institute’s Project on Student Debt in 2005 and was the Institute’s vice president until 2009. Prior to joining the Institute, she served in senior positions at the U.S. Department of Labor, National Partnership for Women & Families, and Kaiser Family Foundation.  From 2002 to 2005, she was president of Asher Policy Consulting, whose clients included foundations and national, state, and local nonprofits working to improve the lives of children, youth, and working families. She has played leading roles in education and social policy reforms such as the Income-Based Repayment plan for federal student loans, the use of IRS data to simplify the federal student aid process, the movement for paid family leave, and the expansion of patient rights in managed care. She holds an MPA from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a BA from Brown University."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Lauren Asher

The Institute for College Access & Success

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