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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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NCAN's Commitment to Systemic Change

At NCAN, we have been filled with anger, grief, and new resolve as we've witnessed historic protests around the country in response to the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others.

We are in the debt of so many Black leaders who have organized and sustained protests in communities across the nation, at great risk, to demand racial justice. Some of these activists are students – you may even know them. We tend to think of students as the leaders of tomorrow, but they are undoubtedly leaders in this pivotal moment as well.

As an equity-minded organization, NCAN has adopted systems change as one of our core strategies. This complements our policy work focused on making postsecondary education affordable for students of color and students from low-income backgrounds. It's not nearly enough.

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What's New
NCAN Conducts First Comprehensive Review of Impact of Verification on Pell Grant Awards
August 11, 2020

From the student perspective, the burden of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) verification process is well-known. But the big-picture impact across all FAFSA filers completing verification has been more difficult to ascertain. However, never-before-released federal data have shed light on several questions regarding verification.

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Searching for Silver Linings Despite June 30 FAFSA Declines
July 10, 2020

June 30, the unofficial end of the FAFSA cycle (despite this cycle officially continuing a whole other calendar year and ending June 30, 2021), is a date that looms large on NCAN’s calendar each year. It’s the date by which we compare FAFSA cycles to each other and measure national progress on this key college access milestone.

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A Recent Graduate’s Perspective: How Higher Ed Institutions Can Better Support First-Gen Students
July 8, 2020

We need to teach our first-generation and low-income students how to navigate the higher education system and reinforce in them that their uniqueness and upbringing are important, respected, and validated.

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Why College Access & Success?
50%

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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40%

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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30%

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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