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Financial Aid
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Here's the Biggest FAFSA News From the 2019 FSA Training Conference »
Major General (Retired) Mark A. Brown, Chief Operating Officer at FSA, addresses attendees at the 2019 FSA Training Confer...
Monday, December 2, 2019
Students in Higher-Poverty School Districts Are Less Likely to Apply for Financial Aid »
By Bill DeBaun, Director of Data and Evaluation, and Carrie Warick, Director of Policy and Advocacy In 37 states, the...
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Nebraska to Create College Savings Account for Every Baby »
In May, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts signed legislation creating the Meadowlark Program to encourage families to save for...
Thursday, November 14, 2019
FAFSA Completions Up 4.6% Through First Month of 2020-21 Cycle »
By Janai Raphael, Graduate Assistant for Research and Data Analysis From long hours at financial aid nights to navigat...
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
FAFSA Completion Challenge Cities Weigh In On Effective Strategies, Challenges »
A spring survey of 2018-19 FAFSA Completion Challenge grantees and their partners requested input on effective strategie...
Monday, October 14, 2019
NCAN’s #FormYourFuture FAFSA Tracker Now Tracking 2020-21 Completions »
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Leaves are falling. Temperatures are dropping (kind of). FAFSA completions are r...
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
World Investor Week: Investing 101 for Students »
By guest blogger the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy Congratulations on investing in your future by pu...
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
FAFSA Verification: Three Common Roadblocks and How to Solve Them »
By guest blogger Sonja Demps , Operations Coordinator, Dell Scholars Program This article was originally published o...
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Use These Resources to Boost FAFSA Completion in Your Community »
The launch of the 2020-21 FAFSA is right around the corner. Oct. 1 marks the first day that NCAN members can begin helping...
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Financial Aid Fraud is Wrong — But Overcorrection Could Hurt More Students »
This op-ed was originally published in The Hill on Aug. 1, 2019. Here we go again. Families guided by a private coll...
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...
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Brilliant Baby Program Builds Savings Into Oakland Promise Continuum of College Access Support »
Oakland Promise envisions that every child in Oakland graduates from high school with the expectations, resources, and ski...
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
9 Things to Know About the Timing of FAFSA Filing »
When it comes to FAFSA data, at least two things are true. First, we really like FAFSA data over here at NCAN and are alwa...
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Why May 1 Should Matter to High School Juniors »
By  Zenia Henderson , Director of Member & Partner Engagement Why should May 1 be an important date for high...
Monday, April 8, 2019
Social Media Strategies for Spreading the Word About FAFSA »
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Thursday, March 28, 2019
Grantee Sees FAFSA Completion as Gateway to Stronger Economy »
Arizona finished the 2018-19 FAFSA cycle ahead of only two other states, rounding out the year with a 43 percent completio...
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
If We’re Lucky, This FAFSA Cycle Will Keep Pace with Last Year’s »
FAFSA completion trends for the 2019-20 academic year have been anemic all cycle, and now it looks like the best that stak...
Monday, March 25, 2019
How Schools Engage Students to Help Increase FAFSA Completion »
Last year, NCAN selected 25 U.S. cities to participate in the 2018-19 FAFSA Completion Challenge . Through this project,...
Monday, February 25, 2019
This Community Foundation Gives College Scholarships to Students Starting in Fourth Grade »
Launched in 2016, the Community Foundation of Wabash County (CFWC)  Early-Award Scholarship Program  gives colle...
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
New Website Aggregates and Shares Student Financial Aid Award Information »
Launched in December, TuitionFit is a new entrant to the market of online services intended to help students choose a po...
Friday, January 11, 2019
Tips for Engaging Parents in FAFSA Completion »
A common question in the college access field is how to effectively engage parents and family members. Many parents of stu...
Thursday, January 10, 2019
New ED Guidance Provides Verification Relief for Students »
Earlier this week, the Department of Education released new guidance to financial aid professionals about the types of doc...
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Over a Quarter-Million FAFSA Filers Added With Prior-Prior Year Tax Data Change »
After a five-year decline in the number of FAFSAs filed by students across the U.S., the 2017-18 cycle saw a 1.2 percent i...
Thursday, January 3, 2019
NASFAA’s NextStepsEd Website Assists Students Affected By School Closures »
By guest blogger Sydney Evans, Policy & Research Assistant, NASFAA The NextStepsEd website provides student...
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Child/College Savings Accounts Move Forward in 2018 »
City leaders and state treasurers continued to adopt children’s savings account (CSA) programs in 2018. CSAs are long-term...
Thursday, December 6, 2018
FSA: More Verification Fixes on the Horizon »
James Manning, acting chief operating officer for the office of Federal Student Aid, gives remarks at the 2018 FSA T...
Monday, December 3, 2018
If You Serve DREAMers, Don’t Miss These Scholarships »
Each year, an estimated 65,000 undocumented students graduate from U.S. high schools, but only 5 to 10 percent enroll in c...
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
New Form Your Future Website Provides Fresh FAFSA Completion Tools »
NCAN has launched a revamped Form Your Future website to support schools and nonprofit organizations that help students...
Monday, November 12, 2018
Verification Melt Rate Ticks Up to 25 Percent »
Students who submit and complete a FAFSA too often find an obstacle to obtaining the federal Pell Grant that could help th...
Friday, November 2, 2018
Massachusetts To Offer $50 in College Savings to Every Baby »
On Oct. 16, Massachusetts Treasurer Deborah Goldberg  announced  that beginning in 2020, the state will automati...
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Saving Strategy Empowers Parents to Support Students Into College »
Many college access programs interact primarily with students, but since its launch in 2009, Inversant has focused on pa...

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