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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 (COVID-19) outbreak, students across the country are facing a great deal of uncertainty. NCAN is taking several steps to support our members during this turbulent time.

We created a resource roundup to share best practices, FAQs, policy updates, and other news and information related to supporting students during the coronavirus outbreak. You can also check out our blog post "What NCAN Members Need to Know About How the Government is Responding to COVID-19," which we will be updating regularly.

Additionally, we held a virtual member forum March 19 to discuss and share programming responses, concerns, and action steps. View the recording here.

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FAFSA Completions Tumble Nationally Over Coronavirus
March 30, 2020

On March 13, FAFSA completions nationally were up 0.2% (about 3,000 completions) compared to last academic year through the same date. A week later, FAFSA completions were down 0.5% (about 9,600 completions). This 0.7 percentage-point drop is the second largest after Jan. 1 since the FAFSA Tracker began monitoring weekly FAFSA completions during the 2018-19 FAFSA cycle.

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Pivoting to Virtual Advising? Consider the Evidence and These Approaches
March 23, 2020

Making connections with students and families, earning their trust, and guiding them through unfamiliar processes is at the heart of the college access and success field. The coronavirus pandemic makes these three things much more difficult to accomplish in person (indeed, social distancing demands that these in-person interactions pause), but the possibility of guiding students virtually is a very real one.

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What NCAN Members Need to Know About How the Government is Responding to COVID-19
March 19, 2020

As our nation faces an unprecedented public health crisis, students from low-income backgrounds, students of color, and students who are first in their family go to college are facing unique challenges above and beyond those facing every American. NCAN is advocating for protections that will specifically support our student populations. In addition, NCAN is committed to sharing the updates on actions from Congress, the White House, and the Department of Education that specifically affect our students. We will update this blog regularly as our government works to respond.

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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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