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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
New NCAN Guide Offers 4 Steps for the Fall to Help the High School Class of 2021
September 22, 2020

A new guide from NCAN outlines four key steps for district and school leaders, school counselors, teachers, and community partners to take to keep seniors on track for a postsecondary pathway.

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NCAN Executive Director Testifies About Fixing the FAFSA to the Senate Education Committee
September 22, 2020

During the hearing, NCAN Executive Director Kim Cook acknowledged that more can and should be done to simplify FAFSA and the verification process. She outlined three key steps for finishing FAFSA simplification.

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NCAN Alumni Spotlight: Recognizing 25 Years of Progress and Student Achievement
August 18, 2020

The college access and success field is old enough that classes of students we’ve supported have graduated and are now creating the change we want to see in the world. As NCAN marks 25 years of progress in the effort to close equity gaps in higher education, our Alumni Spotlight series features the stories of outstanding alumni who have come through our member organizations over the years.

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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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