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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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College Possible’s Jim McCorkell Wins 2019 Executive Leadership Award of Excellence
Sept. 16, 2019

Jim McCorkell, CEO and founder of College Possible, was awarded the Executive Leadership Award of Excellence today at NCAN’s 24th annual National Conference. This award recognizes the dedication and hard work of an individual serving as a college access program’s executive director, president, or as a member of its board of trustees or directors.

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Lumina Foundation's Jamie Merisotis Receives 2019 Champion of College Access Award
September 16, 2019

Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of Lumina Foundation, received the 2019 Bob Craves Champion of College Access Award today at the National College Access Network's 24th annual National Conference. The award honors individuals, organizations, and corporations that have made remarkable, long-term contributions to increasing college access and success for students historically underrepresented in higher education.

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Use These Resources to Boost FAFSA Completion in Your Community
Sept. 12, 2019

The launch of the 2020-21 FAFSA is right around the corner. Oct. 1 marks the first day that NCAN members can begin helping students and families navigate this tricky but extremely important form.

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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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