NCAN Virtual Advocacy Week: Double Pell
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7/20/2020 to 7/24/2020
When: July 20-24, 2020
Where: Virtual
United States
Contact: Raymond AlQaisi
202-347-4848 x 208
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Since NCAN members last gathered in Washington in early March, the world has considerably changed. A week and half after NCAN's annual Advocacy Training, the country came to a halt due to coronavirus - upending lives and the economy. And since the end of May, the long overdue discussion about the devastating role of systemic racism in our society has brought to the forefront the issues that have long hindered our students’ pursuit of an education.

Our students – students of color, students who are low-income, students who are first in their family to go to college – have struggled with the barrier of paying for college for long enough.

Given these unprecedented times, NCAN is calling for an immediate doubling of the maximum Pell Grant and asking our members to help us send this message to Congress.

Join NCAN for our first-ever Virtual Advocacy Week, July 20-24.

Virtual Advocacy Week (VAW):

  • Three short training sessions in the preceding weeks (those who register here will receive information for training attendance):
    • July 2 (1:30-3:00 p.m. EDT) - VAW Participant Logistics and Preparation
    • July 8 (2:30-4:00 p.m. EDT) - VAW Content, Messaging and Storytelling Preparation
    • July 15 (2:30-4:30 p.m. EDT) - VAW Advocacy Skill Building and Meeting Preparation
  • Meetings with members of Congress and their staff, during the week of July 20-24.
    • July 20 (1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT) - VAW Kick-off webinar
    • July 21 (4:00-5:00 p.m. EDT), July 23 (1:00-2:00 p.m. EDT) - VAW office hours
    • July 23 (5:00-6:00 p.m. EDT) - VAW Celebration Hour
  • Collective social media push focused on asking Congress to #DoublePell.

NCAN members, along with their board members, students, and alumni are all invited to participate. We need your support to remind policymakers of the crucial importance of the Pell Grant program.

Questions? Please email Raymond AlQaisi, NCAN’s policy and advocacy manager, at

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why is the event a week in duration? 

  • Virtual Advocacy Week will take place over July 20-24 to accommodate for your ease of scheduling with your representatives and their staff. Throughout the week, you may find it easier to schedule with a longer window of opportunity.

How are the meetings scheduled?

  • You will reach out to your Member(s) of Congress to schedule virtual meetings/calls. This will also a subject in our first training (July 2), so you will have guidance in this process. Also, you can find contact information via NCAN's Action Center. Please don't hesitate to reach out for help with locating the best contact ( 

What happens if I miss a training?

  • As the trainings may include a break-out portion that cannot be reduplicated, we advise you make the best effort to join especially in areas where skills are practiced during trainings. If you must miss a training, there will be recordings which we can provide.

How do I register my students and board members (without an NCAN log-in)?

Lastly, here are some resources on the Pell Grant program: