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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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Critical New Research Shows Positive Pell Impacts
July 11, 2019

Despite the significant public investment in the Pell Grant program, the body of evidence around its impact is scant. Given this, and at the risk of sounding hyperbolic, a recent study may be one of the most important ever published about the Pell Grant.

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New Washington Law Creates State Promise Program to Guarantee Need-Based Aid for Eligible Students
July 9, 2019

On May 21, the hall outside Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee’s office was bustling. Students, higher education representatives, advocates, elected officials, and even business leaders congregated excitedly as the governor’s staff attempted to keep order.

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Texas to Require FAFSA for High School Completion
July 5, 2019

Last month Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 3 into law. The legislation authorizes $11.6 billion in school finance expenditures, including $6.5 billion new spending and $5.1 billion in property tax relief. It also codifies FAFSA completion as a requirement for high school graduation, which is a big development for high school seniors in one of the country’s most populous states.

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Why College Access & Success?
50%

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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40%

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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30%

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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