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Federal Policy & Advocacy
Thursday, December 5, 2019
NCAN Supports Legislation to Simplify FAFSA, Permanently Reauthorize MSI Funding »
By Carrie Warick, Director of Policy and Advocacy, and Ray AlQaisi, Policy and Advocacy Manager The National College A...
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
DACA: Where Things Stand, How To Get Involved »
By guest blogger Rachel Lostumbo, Assistant Director for Success, CollegeTracks In late November, the fate of over 7...
Monday, December 2, 2019
Check Out the 2019 #Thankful4Pell Campaign Highlights »
The sixth annual #Thankful4Pell advocacy campaign is in the books. The 2019 campaign ran Nov. 18-22, and a number of NCAN...
Monday, November 18, 2019
What is the 2020-21 Pell Grant Max Award? »
The short answer: We have absolutely no idea. Congress is still debating what the federal spending levels will be for f...
Monday, November 18, 2019
Use Social Media to Tell Congress Why You’re #Thankful4Pell »
The Pell Grant program is a higher education policy success story. Since 1972, the Pell Grant has helped tens of millions...
Friday, October 25, 2019
Holding For-Profit Schools Accountable is a Civil Rights Issue – A Brief on 'Gainful Employment' »
A recently released brief that focuses on the federal rules, or lack thereof now, for “gainful employment” paints a dism...
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Sens. Alexander, Jones Introduce FAFSA Simplification Act of 2019 »
This evening, Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Doug Jones (D-AL) introduced the FAFSA Simplification Act of 2019 , which...
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
House Democrats Unveil Comprehensive Higher Education Bill »
Today, U.S. House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced the College Affordability Act – a...
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
College Possible Creates Committee to Hone Advocacy Skills Among Staff »
College Possible Chief Program Officer Traci Kirtley and College Possible alum and coach Ha-Quyen Nguyen met with Capitol...
Friday, September 27, 2019
Senate Education Committee Chair Releases New – But Not Comprehensive – Higher Ed Bill »
By Carrie Warick, Director of Policy and Advocacy, and Ray AlQaisi, Policy and Advocacy Manager Yesterday, Sen. Lamar...
Monday, September 23, 2019
Action in Congress Heats Up on Higher Education Act »
By Carrie Warick Director of Policy and Advocacy, and Raymond AlQaisi , Policy and Advocacy Manager As this Cong...
Monday, September 9, 2019
Congress Has Hills to Climb This Fall in Government Funding, HEA »
Washington can now declare the end of summer because Congress is back in town. Returning from the traditional August reces...
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...
Thursday, May 9, 2019
KIPP to Congress: 5 Ways to Support Our Students »
Upon release of its report titled “ The Promise of a Choice-Filled Life ,” the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) held a co...
Thursday, May 2, 2019
Senators Introduce Legislation Aimed at Making College Costs More Transparent »
Last month, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Tina Smith (D-MN), and Joni Ernst (R-IA) introduced a series of three bills wit...
Friday, April 19, 2019
What NCAN Members Should Know About ED’s Latest 'Neg Reg' Process »
Earlier this month, a negotiated rulemaking committee assembled by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) reached consensus...
Monday, April 1, 2019
Student Reflection: 48 Hours in Washington, D.C. »
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Friday, March 22, 2019
White House Unveils Higher Ed Priorities, Executive Order »
Earlier this week, the White House published a document that outlines its priorities for the reauthorization of the High...
Thursday, March 14, 2019
House Education Committee Holds Hearing on College Affordability »
Yesterday, the House Education and Labor Committee held the first of five planned bipartisan hearings on higher educatio...
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
What NCAN Members Need to Know About House Democrats’ Immigration Plans »
Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives have rolled out their highly anticipated plans to support immigrants who ar...
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
NCAN Members Testify Before Senate Education Committee on FAFSA Simplification »
The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee highlighted issues with which NCAN and its members are...
Monday, March 11, 2019
Trump FY20 Budget Proposal Calls for Flat Max Pell Award, Slashes Work-Study »
Today, U.S. Department of Education (ED) officials unveiled the Trump administration’s fiscal year 2020 budget , which –...
Monday, March 4, 2019
Top Senate Education Committee Democrat Outlines HEA Reauthorization Vision »
Last week, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), the ranking member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Commit...
Friday, March 1, 2019
NCAN Members, Students Take to Capitol Hill to Advocate for Equity »
More than 150 NCAN members and students convened in Washington last week to make their voices heard in the halls of the ne...
Monday, February 11, 2019
House Education Committee Chair Shares Vision for Comprehensive Higher Ed Reform »
Last week, the leaders of the congressional education committees each had the opportunity to lay out their recommendations...
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Senate Education Committee Chair’s Reform Priorities: FAFSA, Loan Repayment, Accountability »
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Monday, November 26, 2018
See the 2018 Thankful4Pell Campaign Highlights »
Another year, another successful Thankful4Pell campaign in the books! Thank you to everyone who participated and expressed...
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Help Support Senate Bill to Simplify the FAFSA Process for Students »
Late yesterday, the leaders of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee introduced a bipartisan...
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
4 Ways to Tell Congress You’re Thankful4Pell »
In 2017-18, Pell Grants helped more than 7 million low-income students pursue higher education. But we can’t take congress...
Thursday, November 8, 2018
How Will the 2018 Election Results Affect College Access and Success? »
The 2018 election results are in, and there is a lot of change coming to the relationships NCAN members have with their el...
Friday, October 19, 2018
Changes to Public Charge Determination Threaten Immigrant Families »
Last week, the Trump administration proposed changes to the "public charge" determination that is part of the visa evaluat...

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