17 NCAN Members Receive Advocacy Grants

January 8, 2018

By Jack Porter, Advocacy Associate 

In August, the National College Access Network (NCAN) received a new commitment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for $2.5 million to expand policy and advocacy initiatives during 2017-19. One of the primary components of this grant is the ability of NCAN members to receive sub-grants in the amount of up to $40,000 over two years for federal and state policy advocacy efforts. Today, NCAN is delighted to announce the 17 recipients of our Member Advocacy Grants.

“We are thrilled by the opportunity to engage our members in advocacy during this crucial time in higher education,” NCAN Executive Director Kim Cook said. “I am confident that we will significantly amplify the student voice throughout this project, and in turn cultivate greater postsecondary access and success for our students. It is our belief that some of the most effective policy crafted in our space has been influenced by students, and that is exactly what we are aiming to accomplish throughout this grant period.”

Grantees will conduct advocacy efforts beginning this month, through September 2019. Federal efforts will focus on the simplification of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, a more efficient Federal Work-Study program, and protection of the Pell Grant. Efforts at the state level will seek to support the needs of transfer students and raise awareness about the importance of need-based aid.

Federal Policy Grantees

State Policy Grantees


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