Fee-For-Service Consulting

NCAN is the industry leader in helping foundations, school districts, colleges, and communities to assess their college access and scholarship programs and improve postsecondary outcomes. We use the collective knowledge of our staff experts and our national membership to bring you the best practices in the field and get better results for students. 

Our services include: 

  • Evaluating foundation and community scholarship programs, promise programs, and college access/success programs for administrative efficiency, use of best practices, and impact 
  • Supporting the transition from reflexively accommodating criteria-heavy scholarship funds to developing strategic needs-based scholarship programs at foundations (and how to work with donors) 
  • Implementing a need-based scholarship program that is strategically linked to regional college access/success programs to ensure degree completion 
  • Assessing postsecondary attainment rates for community and school districts and recommending potential strategies for improvement 

We tailor our consulting services to the individual needs of the client, so please inquire with NCAN about your project’s unique aspects by contacting  Elizabeth Morgan, NCAN's director of external relations, at morgane(at)collegeaccess.org.

The following examples illustrate some sample NCAN consulting engagements and projected budgets that include staff and travel costs. Consulting project budgets vary due to multiple factors, such as the individual nature of the program work, the number of site visits needed and the locations, the amount of staff time necessary, the amount of background research, and the timeframe needed to accomplish the work. Actual project budgets will vary.

A. Facilitation of meeting/retreat with committees and/or board members about scholarship program/college access program challenges and best practices
(one day on-site; light background research off-site, brief followup memo with summary and suggested next steps)
Estimate: $10,000

B. Assessment and analysis of scholarship program, promise program, college access program, or school district for best practices and procedures; final report of recommendations.
(one to three on-site visits for meetings and interviews; background research and review; assessment report)
Estimate: $25,000-$50,000

C. Assessment, analysis, and recommendations for designing a new or redesigning an existing scholarship program, promise program, and/or college access program, including additional help for implementation in your community or at your foundation. 
(multiple on-site visits for meetings and interviews; background research and review; assessment report, and assistance to implement the program)
Estimate: $50,000 and up

Recent clients include:

Appalachian State University
Battle Creek Community Foundation
California Community Foundation
College Board
College Futures Foundation
College Success Foundation DC
Community Foundation for Monterey County
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Houston Endowment
Kern Community Foundation
Marin Community Foundation
Sacramento Region Community Foundation
San Diego Foundation
Stanislaus Community Foundation
The Community Foundation for Riverside/San Bernardino
University System of Georgia