Policy & Advocacy

 "NCAN has come a long way with its advocacy efforts. Such progress is taking place in the field of college access and NCAN is to be applauded. Thank you for updating us so quickly on policy issues that are important to us as members."

--New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation, Director of Marketing & Communication Oscar Garcia

NCAN champions practice-informed federal and state policy in the quest to achieve our mission to build, strengthen, and empower communities committed to college access and success so that all students, especially those underrepresented in postsecondary education, can achieve their educational dreams.

Grounded in the deep relationships with our members'  over two million students, NCAN speaks out for low-income students in Washington, D.C., to simplify the financial aid application process, sustain and improve the Pell Grant program and better target and expand the federal work-study program.  

Federal Policy

For over five years, NCAN has worked to explore issues related to college affordability, consumer information for students, and public-private partnerships at the federal level. Currently, NCAN is targeting three key changes to federal financial aid to improve college affordability for low-income students. NCAN recommends:

  • Simplifying the financial aid application process, including #FixFAFSA
  • Protecting the promise of the Pell Grant
  • Providing work opportunities to low-income students who want them through the Federal Work-Study program

State Policy

NCAN's first state policy agenda is now available. The purpose of this agenda is to provide NCAN members (and their networks/coalitions) interested in state level advocacy with a guide to develop their own policy goals and agenda. A group of NCAN members developed the first draft of this document.