Debbie Cochrane

Research Director
The Institute for College Access and Success

Debbie Cochrane oversees The Institute for College Access and Success’s research and leads its California program. She is a leading expert on financial aid issues in California, and the primary author of several reports that shed light on the role of financial aid and affordability on college access and success at community colleges. Before joining TICAS’ staff, Debbie worked as a policy analyst at the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education, focusing primarily on community college affordability and finance policy issues, and served in research, direct service, and management roles within a variety of other nonprofit settings. She holds an MSW with a focus on social policy from San Francisco State University and a BA from the University of Michigan.