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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
Monday, September 9, 2019
5 Ways to Use the College Scorecard to Advise Students »
As the new school year begins, many high school students, parents, and working Americans are considering their next educat...
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
College Crusade of Rhode Island’s Tips for Incorporating SAT Prep Into Student Programming »
For better or worse, a higher SAT score can open the doors to a wider range of colleges and financial aid opportunities. B...
Thursday, August 29, 2019
5 Helpful Back-to-School Resources for NCAN Members »
The start of a new school year is a busy time for NCAN members, so here's a list of back-to-school resources recommended b...
Tuesday, August 27, 2019
CollegeSpring’s Tips for Incorporating SAT Prep Into Student Programming »
For better or worse, a higher SAT score can open the doors to a wider range of colleges and financial aid opportunities. B...
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...

Data, Research & Evaluation
Monday, September 9, 2019
Report Roundup: Racial Discrepancies in Institutional Funding, Nonfederal Aid »
By Janai Raphael, Graduate Assistant for Research and Data Analysis NCAN members know that most of our students face a...
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
NSC Announces New Functionality for StudentTracker for High Schools »
Earlier this summer, the National Student Clearinghouse announced a new slate of K-12 services coming in fall 2019 and e...
Thursday, August 29, 2019
New Research Finds No Effect of Nudging at National, Statewide Scale »
A blockbuster recent study considered the question of whether “nudging” interventions scale to the state and national leve...
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...

Federal Policy & Advocacy
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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Financial Aid
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...

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
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Great Lakes Bay CCRC's Renee Aumock Wins 2019 College Access Staff Member Award of Excellence »
Mawi Asgedom, president of Mawi Learning, presented the 2019 Dr. David B. Swedlow Memorial College Access Staff Member Awa...
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Crosby Scholars Community Partnership Wins 2019 College Access Organization Award of Excellence »
Nate Easley, the new president of the NCAN board of directors, presents the College Access Organization Award of Excellenc...
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Cleveland State University’s (Re)Connect to College Program Wins 2019 To & Through Award »
Jennifer Mulhern of The College Board presents the 2019 To & Through Award of Excellence to Stephanie Bunsey of College No...
Monday, September 16, 2019
College Possible’s Jim McCorkell Wins 2019 Executive Leadership Award of Excellence »
Steve Smith, an NCAN board member and CEO of Intellispark, presents the 2019 Executive Leadership Award of Excellence to J...
Monday, September 16, 2019
Jamie Merisotis, Lumina Foundation President and CEO, Receives 2019 Champion of College Access Award »
President of the NCAN board of directors and President and CEO of the Travelers Foundation Marlene Ibsen presents Lumina F...

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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