NCAN's 2020 Advocacy Training and Hill Day
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On March 2-3, NCAN will host its annual Advocacy Training and Hill Day in Washington, D.C. This member-only training is a tremendous professional development opportunity for you and your students – you will learn from policy experts, meet fellow members, and prepare for congressional meetings. During Hill meetings you will build relationships and share how your organization supports students. Help advocate for policies that promote college access and success for our students!

3/2/2020 to 3/3/2020
When: Monday, March 2, 2020
9:00 AM
Where: 1201 15th Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia  20005
United States
Contact: Raymond AlQaisi
(202) 347-4848

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On March 2-3, NCAN will host its annual Advocacy Training and Hill Day in Washington, D.C. This two-day in-person training for NCAN members is a tremendous professional development opportunity for your staff and your students. Through the training, you will learn from policy experts about relevant issues, meet fellow NCAN member organizations, and prepare for your congressional meetings. By participating, you will also build relationships with your federal officials in Washington and share the great work that your organization is doing to support students. We hope to see you in March!

Please take time to view the preparatory webinar before attending the March Advocacy Training.


The Advocacy Training will take place on March 2 at the National Housing Center (1201 15th Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20005), which is located by the White House. On March 3, there will be a morning program of a panel discussion with congressional staff, at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center (First St NE, Washington, D.C. 20515), followed by the meetings that you have scheduled with your congressional offices.

Training on Monday, March 2

  • Meeting time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (programming starts at 9 a.m.)
  • Location: National Housing Center, 1201 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Dress Code: Comfortable

Training Agenda Overview:

  • Breakfast + Opening Welcome
  • Interactive Conversation: 2020 Shared Goals, Agenda and Advocacy
    – Next Steps on Pell: Doubling Pell and Short Term Pell
    – Next Steps on FAFSA Simplification after the passage of the Future Act
    – Agenda-Setting on Federal Student Loan Policy
  • Political State of Play: How Will 2020 Elections Affect Our Work?
  • Networking Lunch
  • Storytelling and Hill Meeting Best Practices

Hill Day on Tuesday, March 3 

  • Hill Panel time: 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
  • Location: Capitol Visitor Center, Auditorium
  • Dress Code: Business Formal. Students can wear college or student gear if without business attire.

Student Stipends

In the registration, you will be asked if your organization would like to receive a stipend for a postsecondary student’s (or recent graduate's) participation. The stipend will allot $750 for a student’s travel and $250 for the student’s time. We will notify you if your organization has been selected for a student stipend.

Hotel Information

Below are some hotel recommendations, based on convenience to the Advocacy Training location (March 2).  

More About This Annual Event

To get a better sense of what this training and Hill Day is all about, check out some highlights from last year's event. You can also watch a series of videos featuring some of the 2019 student attendees.