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NCAN's mission is to build, strengthen, and empower communities and stakeholders to close equity gaps in postsecondary attainment for all students.

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COVID-19 Response Resources for NCAN Members

In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, students across the country are facing a great deal of uncertainty.

We created a resource roundup to share best practices, FAQs, and other news and information related to supporting students during this time. You can also check out our blog post "What NCAN Members Need to Know About How the Government is Responding to COVID-19." We are updating both of these pages regularly.

Additionally, we wrote a guide for district and school leaders on five actions they can take right now to keep students on a postsecondary pathway despite COVID-19 disruptions.

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The Growing Gap: Public Higher Education's Declining Affordability for Pell Grant Recipients
May 14, 2020

By 2017-18, just 25% of four-year public institutions were affordable for the average Pell Grant recipient nationally, and the average affordability gap was $2,406. In the same year, 45% of two-year public institutions were affordable, and the average affordability gap was $640.

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NCAN Calls on Congress, ED for Further Support During COVID-19 Response
May 7, 2020

As Congress recognized with the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, prospective and current college students are facing unique challenges during this time of national crisis. But the work is not done to ensure that our nation’s higher education students are able to have their basic needs filled while continuing to pursue their studies.

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New Data: Nearly 250,000 Fewer Low-Income FAFSA Renewals This Cycle Nationally
May 6, 2020

Nearly 250,000 fewer returning students from the lowest-income backgrounds have renewed their FAFSA for the 2020-21 cycle, and FAFSA renewals overall are down nearly 5% (more than 350,000 students) compared to last year. These findings come from NCAN’s analysis of Federal Student Aid data showing FAFSA completions from returning applicants between the start of this FAFSA cycle in October and mid-April of this year.

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Why College Access & Success?

A low-income student is about half as likely to complete a postsecondary degree or certificate by age 26 as a high-income student.

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NCAN member-served students from low-income high schools were nearly 40% more likely to earn a postsecondary credential within six years.

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The Pell Grant used to cover more than three-fourths of college costs at a public four-year institution. Today, it covers less than 30%.

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