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Collaboration & Partnerships
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Nashville and Cleveland Demonstrate Reporting District Outcomes at Scale »
That NCAN members across the country are making a difference in students’ lives every day as these students work to access...
Tuesday, February 12, 2019
How Iowa College Aid Provides Student-Specific FAFSA Completion Data to Schools »
By guest bloggers Christina Sibaouih, MAISD, and Jamie Covell, MSW, of Iowa College Aid The mission to provide st...
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
How Can Nonprofits Partner with Higher Education? »
How do college-nonprofit partnerships develop, and what fosters them? These critical questions were the focus of “Highe...

College Access & Success
Thursday, August 1, 2019
How One Student Used Her Own Experience to Become a Financial Aid Advocate »
Many students enter community college with the intention of transferring, but for a variety of reasons, not all students a...
Monday, July 22, 2019
Report Roundup: Increasing College Completion Rates, SAT-Only Admissions, Enrollment Shifts »
It can be hard to keep up with all of the latest reports. Acknowledging that, here are summaries of three recent interesti...
Friday, July 19, 2019
Why Encourage Students to Use 'BigFuture' When Planning for Postsecondary? »
By guest bloggers Julia J. Lake, Pennsylvania College Advising Corps , and Rasha M. Cheek, College Advising Corps B...
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Rural Student Success Resources: Data and Insights From NCAN's Benchmarking Project »
My last post focusing on college access and success in rural communities examined some of the stats and insights about r...
Monday, June 17, 2019
Rural Student Success Resources: Facts and Figures »
That the majority of NCAN members are based in urban and suburban areas is hardly groundbreaking news, but rural areas are...

Data, Research & Evaluation
Friday, August 16, 2019
Get to Know the Top 10 Pieces of College Access and Success Research »
NCAN members and other regular readers of this blog are routinely inundated with new research, white papers, policy briefs...
Monday, August 12, 2019
New NCAN Brief Examines Members’ Data Practices »
Which data are NCAN member programs collecting? How do programs use those data? With whom do programs share the data t...
Monday, August 5, 2019
Report Roundup: Does Nudging Work or Doesn’t It? Are Fewer Loans Worse for Students? »
It can be hard to keep up with all of the latest reports. Acknowledging that, here are summaries of three recent interesti...
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Use the Impact Genome Project to Explore College Access Research »
Later this month, more than 50 NCAN members will participate in an important project to help them (and the field) better u...
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Critical New Research Shows Positive Pell Impacts »
You’d be hard pressed to find bigger supporters of the Pell Grant than NCAN. The program helps to make college possible fo...

Federal Policy & Advocacy
Monday, August 5, 2019
Rep. Meng Reintroduces Bill to Provide Additional Supports to Community College Students »
Only 20% of full-time community college students graduate after three years , and just 35% graduate after five years....
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
To Eat or To Learn: Policymakers Address Student Food and Housing Insecurity »
The ongoing joke about “college students live off of ramen” exposes a hidden reality: More than 30% of students are food i...
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Data Sharing Between ED and IRS Would Prevent Errors in Popular Student Loan Repayment Plan »
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a  new report  today that rings alarm bells about incom...
Monday, July 8, 2019
NCAN Joins Experts to Explore How Congress Can Best Fulfill the Promise of Pell Grants »
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Monday, May 27, 2019
Students, Higher Ed Experts Discuss Ways to Address Nontuition Costs »
Nada Elhawary, a student at George Mason University in Virginia, sometimes finds herself not buying textbooks until a mont...

Financial Aid
Friday, August 2, 2019
NASFAA Op-Ed: 5 Things We've Learned About Financial Aid Offers From Consumer Testing »
By guest blogger Justin Draeger, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) President This...
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
North Texas School District Implements College Savings Program »
By guest blogger Educate Texas staff This story originally appeared in the 2018 Educate Texas annual report and is...
Monday, July 8, 2019
2019-20 FAFSA Cycle Sees 10,000 Fewer Completions »
This post has been updated. June 30 marks the unofficial end of each FAFSA cycle, at least for high school seniors, as...
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
How Can a State 529 Matching Program Help Low-Income Families Save for College? »
As state legislatures debate policies to help more students get postsecondary education, college savings strategy is a ho...
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
HS Juniors: Build a College List By July 31 for a Chance to Win $40,000 »
The College Board's new  College Board Opportunity Scholarships program  guides high school students through six...

Member News
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
CollegeBound Elects an Alum, Alicia Wilson, to Serve as Board Chair For the First Time »
NCAN member CollegeBound Foundation is a college access and success organization that helps Baltimore City public school...
Monday, January 28, 2019
Member-Served Students Attend Michelle Obama's Book Tour »
Last fall, former first lady Michelle Obama launched a book tour for her memoir, “Becoming.” In the book, Mrs. Obama discu...
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
See Some of the Top News Coverage of NCAN Members in 2018 »
NCAN members are frequently featured in the news, so we’ve collected some of our favorite news articles and op-eds from th...
Monday, November 19, 2018
Q&A With Steve Colón, New CEO of Bottom Line: 'I see myself in the students we serve.' »
In September, Steve Colón  became the new CEO  of NCAN member  Bottom Line . Mr. Colón has dedicated his...
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Dynamic Duo Helps Detroit Students Get Degrees »
About eight years ago, Get Schooled was founded with a mission "to meet young people where they are and arm them with th...

NCAN News
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Insider’s Guide to What to Do and Eat In Indianapolis During #NCAN2019 »
If you’ve wondered how to spend your free time during the NCAN conference Sept. 16-18, we’ve got you! Read on and contempl...
Monday, July 15, 2019
NCAN Hosts First FAFSA Completion Institute »
On July 10 and 11, NCAN hosted its first #FormYourFuture FAFSA Completion Institute. More than 150 college access advocate...
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
NCAN Receives NASFAA Award for Financial Aid Research, Campaigns »
Earlier today, NCAN was awarded the Robert P. Huff Golden Quill Award at the National Association of Student Financial Ai...
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
New Initiative Will Help NCAN Members (and the Field) Better Understand Program Outcomes »
The National College Access Network is undertaking a new project to help up to 50 of its member organizations better under...
Monday, November 5, 2018
NCAN Welcomes 13 Wisconsin School Districts Through Great Lakes ‘Text Steps’ Project »
By  Zenia Henderson , Director of Member & Partner Engagement On Sept. 12, 2018, Great Lakes Higher Educ...

State Policy & Advocacy
Monday, August 12, 2019
Illinois Becomes Third State to Require FAFSA Completion for High School Graduation »
When Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed H.B. 2719 into effect on Aug. 2, he made Illinois the third state to require FAFSA comple...
Thursday, August 8, 2019
Less State Funding to Public Colleges = Fewer Students with a Degree »
For many students, especially those with low-income status, the cost of attendance for and financial aid package offered b...

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