We Can Achieve Postsecondary Access & Success For All Students

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 Is Now the National College Attainment Network

New name, new logo, same commitment.

NCAN has changed its name from the National College Access Network to the National College Attainment Network. One of the key reasons we are rebranding is to fully own and celebrate what NCAN and our members have known and practiced for decades: Students need support not just to access higher education, but also to persist and complete a degree or credential and be prepared for a career.

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NCAN's 2020 Advocacy Training and Hill Day

NCAN Webinar: #WeBelongInCollege: How Students Can Help Each Other Persist by Sharing Their Stories

NCAN Webinar: Understanding Hispanic Student Academic Undermatch and Completion

NCAN Webinar: Applying the Evidence: Services & Strategies to Improve Student Outcomes

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5 Questions About FAFSA Simplification Implementation
Feb. 10, 2020

In December, Congress passed and the president signed the FUTURE Act, which included significant enhancements to the data sharing that takes place between the U.S. Departments of Treasury and Education. These changes will eliminate up to 22 questions on the FAFSA (or about 20% of the form), according to the bill sponsors, because these fields will automatically populate with information from the IRS. This is great news for students and families.

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How PEF-Chattanooga Uses Data and Partnerships to Improve Student Outcomes
Jan. 28, 2020

Our first "Best Practice Profile" features the Public Education Foundation-Chattanooga. PEF-Chattanooga is a community-based organization in Tennessee that provides “training, research, and resources to teachers, and principals, and schools in Hamilton County and surrounding areas.” PEF-Chattanooga focuses its work and partnership with Hamilton County School District on improving school leadership, teacher leadership, and college and career readiness for students.

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Schools Should Make Better Use of Advisory Periods; Here's How They Can
Jan. 21, 2020

Fortunately, there is good news for K-12 schools and districts interested in harnessing the potential of advisory periods. There are a variety of free and readily available resources, including complete lesson plans, to help teachers, counselors, and other school staff guide students through postsecondary planning.

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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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