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NCAN's mission is to build, strengthen, and empower education communities and stakeholders to close equity gaps in postsecondary attainment for all students.

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NCAN Report: Shrinking Options, Growing Affordability Gaps for Low-Income Students Nationwide

Students from low-income backgrounds are increasingly being shut out of two- and four-year public institutions, new NCAN research shows. In 2016-17, just 48% of community colleges in our sample were affordable for the average Pell Grant recipient, and only 27% of four-year public institutions were affordable.

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Get to Know the Top 10 Pieces of College Access and Success Research
Aug. 16, 2019

It is easy to get buried under the relentless advance of academia and policy research wanting to convince you to pay attention to this, then this, then this, and then, finally, that. But within any field some research stands out and withstands the test of time, and the college access and success space is no different.

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Illinois Becomes Third State to Require FAFSA Completion for High School Graduation
August 12, 2019

When Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed H.B. 2719 into effect on Aug. 2, he made Illinois the third state to require FAFSA completion for high school graduation. The Land of Lincoln joins Louisiana, which implemented the policy during the 2017-18 academic year, and Texas, which will implement its policy with the 2021-22 academic year. The Illinois policy goes into effect during the 2020-21 academic year.

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Estimating the Potential Impact of Mandatory FAFSA in Texas
Aug. 8, 2019

Texas recently became the second state (after Louisiana) to mandate FAFSA completion for high school graduation. The policy will go into effect during the 2021-22 academic year. This is big news, mostly because Texas is, well, big. Anything that affects FAFSA completion in the nation’s second-most populous state is likely to have an effect on the national FAFSA completion cycle. How big an effect? That remains to be seen, but we can look to Texas’ eastern neighbor, Louisiana, and try to estimate.

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Why College Access & Success?

A low-income student is about half as likely to complete a postsecondary degree or certificate by age 26 as a high-income student.

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NCAN member-served students from low-income high schools were nearly 40% more likely to earn a postsecondary credential within six years.

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The Pell Grant used to cover more than three-fourths of college costs at a public four-year institution. Today, it covers less than 30%.

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