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State Policy & Advocacy
Friday, October 11, 2019
From Advocacy Intern to State Legislator: Q&A With Rep. Kevin Windham »
Kevin Windham, a former advocacy intern for The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis, was elected to his first two-year ter...
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...
Tuesday, August 6, 2019
Estimating the Potential Impact of Mandatory FAFSA in Texas »
In July, this blog reported that Texas will become the second state (after Louisiana) to mandate FAFSA completion for hi...
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
New Washington Law Creates State Promise Program to Guarantee Need-Based Aid for Eligible Students »
Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee signed the Workforce Education Investment Act into law earlier this year. By guest b...
Friday, July 5, 2019
Texas to Require FAFSA for High School Completion »
Last month Texas Gov. Greg Abbott  signed  House Bill 3 into law. The legislation authorizes $11.6 billion in school finan...
Thursday, June 27, 2019
'Sail to 60' Goal Puts Florida on Track to Prepare Today’s Students for Tomorrow’s Workforce »
By guest blogger Laurie Meggesin, Executive Director of the Florida College Access Network   On Monday, Florida...
Friday, May 31, 2019
Louisiana Class With Mandated FAFSA Graduates, Enrolls in Record Numbers »
Ever since Louisiana announced a policy that would  mandate financial aid planning  for high school graduation (including...
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Momentum for Mandatory FAFSA Filing Continues »
Gilbert Zavala, vice president education & talent development at the Austin Chamber of Commerce, testifies to the Texa...
Thursday, April 25, 2019
All In for Financial Aid: Doing More Than Just Talking About Equity »
By guest blogger Tyler Wu, Higher Education Policy Analyst,  The Education Trust—West If you walked into th...
Thursday, March 7, 2019
States Considering Bills to Promote College Access and Success for Students Experiencing Homelessnes »
By guest blogger Patricia Julianelle, Director of Program Advancement and Legal Affairs for  SchoolHouse Connect...
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
New State Legislative Season Opens With Flurry of CSA Activity »
By guest bloggers Diego Quezada and Shira Markoff, Prosperity Now State legislative sessions in the last few months ha...
Thursday, February 14, 2019
Grantee’s Push for Attainment Goal Pays Off in Michigan »
Michigan College Access Network's executive director Brandy Johnson speaks at the Michigan Higher Education Attainmen...
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Texas, Indiana Considering Mandatory FAFSA Filing for High School Students »
The initial results of Louisiana’s unprecedented policy move requiring high school seniors to complete a Free Application...
Thursday, December 20, 2018
3 College Affordability Ballot Measures Pass in Midterm Cycle »
From record turnout to a swing of power in the U.S. House of Representatives, the 2018 midterm elections produced several...
Monday, December 17, 2018
Denver Voters Approve Sales Tax Increase to Fund College Scholarships for Local Students »
DSF CEO Lorii Rabinowitz with two DSF Scholars. By guest blogger Lorii Rabinowitz, CEO of Denver Scholarship Foundati...
Thursday, October 25, 2018
Illinois Offers Case Study on Pairing Higher Education Data and Consumer Education »
The Illinois Student Assistance Commission (ISAC) recently launched an online consumer information tool called College2...
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
How One State Increased FAFSA Completion by 26 Percent »
In the 2016-17 school year, the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance (LOSFA) was one of 22 organizations sel...
Thursday, June 28, 2018
California’s Performance-Based Funding Aims to Augment Student Success »
States have long mulled over innovative options to pivot away from allocating taxpayer dollars to institutions based on...
Thursday, May 31, 2018
Georgia's Unmissable but Far from Unheard of Chance to Fund Need-Based Aid »
Earlier this month, Republican Gov. Nathan Deal signed a bill that authorized Georgia’s first need-based aid program, th...
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
"15 to Finish" Bill Fails in Tennessee »
Earlier this year, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam delivered his final State of the State address in Nashville and announced a...
Thursday, May 10, 2018
New State Policy Toolkit Arms Advocates with Resources »
Today, NCAN is pleased to release the completed State Policy Toolkit , a resource aimed at arming members with data and e...
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Need-Based Aid Comes to Georgia: Stay Tuned for Vital Details »
Advocates for low-income students in Georgia scored an initial victory as the state’s legislative session came to a close...
Thursday, April 12, 2018
Bayou State's New FAFSA Rules Plant Seeds for Student Success »
The amount of financial aid forgone by students entering higher education is well-documented, with billions of dollars in...
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Successful State Policy Advocacy: a Michigan Case Study »
Beginning in the 2013-14 academic year, the Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) began providing school counselors wit...
Tuesday, March 6, 2018
New Resources Highlight Complex Nature of States' College Costs »
Two reports from last month take a deep dive into the current state of higher education finance, each offering applicable...
Thursday, January 11, 2018
NCAN Introduces Model State Policy Agenda and Toolkit »
Today, NCAN released our final Model State Policy Agenda and the first of five installments in a State Policy Toolkit.&n...