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Are interested in support NCAN's policy work? The NCAN policy agenda is designed from feedback from our member practitioners and their students. This feedback is vital to ensuring that the NCAN policy proposals are best improving the higher education system to remove barriers and increase access and success among our students. NCAN has two opportunities for involvement - the Rapid Response Policy Team and the NCAN Policy Council. Read more about becoming involved below.

Rapid Response Policy Team

The Rapid Response Policy Team (RRPT) is a group of NCAN member volunteers interested in the federal policy discussion on college access and success. It serves an important role in communication between those working with students in the field and the NCAN office working to represent students at the national level.

Members of the Rapid Response Policy Team will receive periodic breaking news updates in addition to the weekly policy news shared in Success Digest. In addition, this group periodically responds to policy questions. The response is "rapid," with team members asked to respond within anywhere from 24 hours to one week. However, members are not required to respond to each request.

Sign up for RRPT

In the past, NCAN RRPT members provided detailed responses on the FSA ID transition problems, including holding a video conference with Federal Student Aid officials. Team members also respond to questions on a range of issues from FAFSA verification to college rankings. 

Any NCAN member is welcome to join the Rapid Response Policy Team, and a diverse group of voices is needed – from urban and rural areas, from executive directors and advisers, from veteran practitioners to those new to their job.

Join RRPT today by emailing NCAN's policy and advocacy manager, Raymond AlQaisi, at

NCAN Policy Council

The NCAN Policy Council is appointed annually and meets approximately quarterly to provide NCAN members high level feedback on specific policy proposals. It is ideal for individuals who spend a portion of their time working on policy, advocacy, goverment relations, or otherwise following what is happening in state or federal government. The group is usually 15-20 individuals from as many member organizations. To express interested in joining the 2020 Council, please contact Carrie Warick at by Thursday, Jan 23.