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's K-12 College & Career Readiness Calendar

K-12 teachers, counselors, district and school leaders, and their partners are busier than ever right now. To support them with college and career readiness (CCR) planning, NCAN created a 15-month calendar tracking major CCR activities and offering the best resources for conducting them.

This calendar, which NCAN intends to update quarterly, will be refreshed with the very best resources related to topics like training and professional development, financial aid and FAFSA, data, and postsecondary advising, among others.

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NCAN’s FAFSA Tracker Gets a Makeover, Returns for '21-22 Cycle
October 19, 2020

NCAN’s #FormYourFuture FAFSA Tracker has become a favored resource for policymakers, practitioners, and the public, and it returns now just in time for the 2021-22 FAFSA cycle.

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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 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?

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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