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

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2019 #Thankful4Pell Campaign

In 2018-19, some 6.8 million students benefited from receiving a Pell Grant. Without this need-based financial aid from the federal government, many students would not be able to pursue a postsecondary education. This Thanksgiving season, NCAN members, partners, and other stakeholders are joining together to tell members of Congress just how important Pell is to closing equity gaps in college access and success.

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Use Social Media to Tell Congress Why You’re #Thankful4Pell
Nov. 18, 2019

The National College Access Network, its members, and other stakeholders are joining together this week (Nov. 18-22) to express our thanks for need-based aid and encourage lawmakers to protect the Pell Grant’s purchasing power.

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FAFSA Completions Up 4.6% Through First Month of 2020-21 Cycle
Nov. 14, 2019

From long hours at financial aid nights to navigating complex policies and processes with students and their families, FAFSA season can easily be one of the most demanding times of the year for many college access professionals. At other times, it can be one of the most rewarding as the field helps students complete a critical milestones on their college-going journeys.

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NCAN Unveils New Strategic Plan to Membership
Nov. 4, 2019

Despite some progress, large equity gaps persist in postsecondary access and attainment, with students from low-income high schools completing college at less than half the rate of their peers from high-income schools. NCAN’s board and staff had this front of mind as we worked this year to craft a new strategic plan to chart our course into our 25th anniversary year (2020) and beyond.

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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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