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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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Great Lakes Bay CCRC's Renee Aumock Wins 2019 College Access Staff Member Award of Excellence
Sept. 19, 2019

Renee Aumock of the Great Lakes Bay College & Career Resource Center (CCRC) received the 2019 Dr. David B. Swedlow Memorial College Access Staff Member Award of Excellence yesterday at NCAN’s 2019 National Conference. The award recognizes the dedication, hard work, and innovation of an individual working at a college access program.

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Crosby Scholars Community Partnership Wins 2019 College Access Organization Award of Excellence
September 17, 2019

The Crosby Scholars Community Partnership received the College Access Organization Award of Excellence at NCAN’s 2019 National Conference in Indianapolis. The award recognizes the work of an outstanding college access/success program that fulfills NCAN's mission of building, strengthening, and empowering communities committed to college access and success.

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Cleveland State University’s (Re)Connect to College Program Wins 2019 To & Through Award
Sept. 17, 2019

The (Re)Connect to College program is a collaboration between Cleveland State University and NCAN member College Now Greater Cleveland focused on recruiting, retaining, and graduating stopped-out students (those with some college but no degree).

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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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