This white paper offers guidance on how to equitably design CSAs, early commitment scholarships, place-based promise programs, and informational campaigns to best serve low-income populations of families with middle-grade students.
This report takes a closer look at school district FAFSA completion rates and how they are related to district-level poverty rates across and within states.
Increasing FAFSA Completion Among Low-Income Students: Lessons From Four States That Are Doing It Well (August 2017)
This qualitative study analyzes FAFSA completion initiatives within California, Minnesota, Nevada, and Utah.
Verification alternatives made the FAFSA 2017-18 verification process easier and faster for students who were able to take advantage of them, according to 87 college access professionals from NCAN member organizations.
This report outlines one possible FAFSA simplification effort, its costs, and the results of experimental user-testing.
Working with Students
In 2017, NCAN's annual Spring Training series focused on connecting career success with NCAN members’ college access and success services. This white paper focuses on the lessons learned from this training series.
Idea Incubator Series
In an effort to further this kind of transfer of ideas, NCAN, in the summer of 2016, hosted a series of four Idea Incubators across the country. These Incubators brought members together to tackle tough questions in data and evaluation.
Previous research has suggested that most students who do not apply for financial aid do not think they are eligible. However, our research told a different story. In general, participants who did not apply for financial aid lacked information about their eligibility.
This report explores the published literature on early awareness strategies for college-going. Given that published literature on this subject is sparse, it also includes internal evaluations and program-reported data.
Access to college holds little value for students if they do not stay enrolled and complete a college credential. With a grant from TG Philanthropy, NCAN assisted four member organizations in establishing or expanding programs to support students during college.
Preparing to Dream, a four-year initiative (2007-2011) funded by the Houston Endowment, built a college-going culture in five Houston-area school districts.
The Student Success Toolkit Demonstration Project helped teams of school-based practitioners heighten their awareness of inequities in the rates of college-preparedness and college-going among their students at two Boston high schools.
NCAN Member Program Benchmarking Project
The Benchmarking Project is helping NCAN learn more about the postsecondary enrollment and graduation rates of students served by our members.
This white paper outlines steps community foundations can take to reach maximum effectiveness and impact with their scholarship funds.