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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Also Known As

TICAS

EIN

20-1368860

 Number

5241196065

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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We have a strong and well-recognized track record of achieving policy changes and system reforms that benefit millions of students, from those just considering college to borrowers in repayment. They include:

- FAFSA simplification: Since 2010, millions of students and families have benefited each year from the FAFSA changes TICAS championed that make it easier to apply for federal student aid. TICAS led the recent push to expand access to this dramatically simplified process, which will benefit an additional 4+ million starting fall 2016, and will give all students the chance to apply for aid before they have to decide where to apply for college.

- Creation of Income-Based Repayment (IBR) and improvements to subsequent plans: TICAS created the policy model and led the campaign that resulted in the creation of IBR, which became available in 2009. Today 3.5+ million federal loan borrowers, mostly low-income, use IBR and subsequent plans modeled on it, which cap loan payments based on income and family size.

- CFPB's authority over student loans: TICAS led the successful coalition effort to ensure that the CFPB had authority over student loans. Since its creation in 2011, the CFPB has responded to more than 14,000 borrower complaints, called attention to the need for student loan servicing reforms, created consumer tools, prompted the creation of a standardized award letter used by over 3,000 colleges, and secured $480+ million in private loan relief for Corinthian students.

- Federal Pell Grant stimulus increase: When the recession hit, colleges immediately lobbied for additional federal funds for their operations. TICAS seized the opportunity to call for a dramatic Pell Grant increase. In response to TICAS' campaign, the 2009 stimulus package ultimately included $17 billion to increase the maximum Pell Grant by $500.

- Increased CA grant aid: TICAS' analyses and statewide coalition successfully made the case for strengthening California grant aid after years of stagnation and cuts, resulting in $100 million more annually in need-based aid for the state's lowest income students.

- Strengthened CA college accountability: TICAS' analyses and advocacy helped make poorly performing colleges ineligible for student aid funds. Since 2012, colleges where at least 40% of students borrow must have student loan default rates under 15.5% and graduation rates of over 20% to participate in the Cal Grant program.

Programs

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Program 1

Program Listing

The Project on Student Debt, College Insight, Keeping California's Promise, Simplifying the FAFSA

Category

Education

Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Budget

2,444,896

Service Areas

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National

N/A

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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

Richard Kazis

The Institute for College Access & Success

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