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Collaboration & Partnerships
Monday, May 25, 2020
Tacoma Community Partners Ask Seniors, 'What’s Next?' Then Connect Them with Support »
It will take a concerted effort from a lot of partners in communities across the country to keep the class of 2020 on trac...
Monday, February 24, 2020
Achieve Atlanta and Atlanta Public Schools Launch Match & Fit List Builder »
By Janai Raphael, Graduate Assistant for Research and Data Analysis Earlier this month, Achieve Atlanta and Atlanta...
Tuesday, January 28, 2020
How PEF-Chattanooga Uses Data and Partnerships to Improve Student Outcomes »
By Janai Raphael, Graduate Assistant for Research and Data Analysis In 2018, 20 school districts and nonprofits receiv...
Thursday, October 31, 2019
6 Reasons to Unite Child Savings Accounts and College Access-Success Programs »
In a new report co-written by the National College Access Network and Prosperity Now, " The Power of Connecting Children’s...
Friday, October 18, 2019
Taking Stock of the College Access and Success Movement: A Conversation with Grantmakers »
We “always hear ‘college isn’t worth it’,” said Paul J. Luna, president and CEO of Helios Education Foundation and an NCAN...

College Access & Success
Monday, March 16, 2020
How the Education Field is Responding: A Roundup of COVID-19 Resources »
By Zenia Henderson, Director of Member & Partner Engagement, and MorraLee Keller, Director of Technical Assistance...
Monday, June 1, 2020
‘Accelerating Educational Opportunity for All’: The 2020 Evergreen Prize Opens June 3 »
From left to right: Jerry Greenwald, Priscilla Walsh (Associate Director, Grants for College Forward), Austin Buchan (Coll...
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
6 Recommendations on Distance Learning: How Districts Are Supporting Students, Families, & Educators »
The coronavirus pandemic has greatly impacted the education space, as school districts have shuttered their doors in an ef...
Monday, May 25, 2020
5 Virtual Advising Tips From the NCAN Community »
For more than two months, college access and success practitioners have been adjusting to a “new normal,” which for many h...
Monday, May 18, 2020
Platforms Like YouVisit Are Making College Tours a Virtual Reality »
College visits have come to a major halt as the country battles a global pandemic. Breaks and long weekends usually bring...

Data, Research & Evaluation
Thursday, May 28, 2020
New Study Shows Strong Evidence of Benefits of 4-Year Institutions »
Many NCAN members put a premium on enrollment in and graduation from a four-year postsecondary institution because of the...
Monday, May 11, 2020
Report Roundup: 5 Findings, 5 Sentences. Yes, Really. »
There are only a few constants in life: death, taxes, and the continuous production of education research. It’s time for a...
Monday, May 4, 2020
Tips and Tricks for Taking the Next Step to Data Maturity »
By Bill DeBaun, Director of Data and Evaluation, NCAN, and Nathan Porteshawver, Product Manager, CoPilot Over the past...
Monday, April 27, 2020
Report Roundup: College Graduates, Black Student Debt, Hispanic-Serving Institutions All Increasing »
It’s easy for education policy research to feel like a Baskin-Robbins: overwhelming and offering every flavor imaginable....
Monday, April 6, 2020
Understanding Differences in Borrowing by Race: How Data Can Inform Practice »
By guest bloggers Sandy Baum, Nonresident Senior Fellow, and Kelia Washington, Research Analyst, The Urban Institute T...

Federal Policy & Advocacy
Thursday, March 19, 2020
What NCAN Members Need to Know About How the Government is Responding to COVID-19 »
By Carrie Warick, Director of Policy and Advocacy, and Raymond AlQaisi, Policy and Advocacy Manager As our nation f...
Thursday, May 14, 2020
House Democrats’ Propose $100 Billion in Additional Education Funding in HEROES Act »
Earlier this week, House Democrats introduced a 1,815-page bill called the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency...
Thursday, May 14, 2020
Higher Ed Affordability Continues to Decline for Pell Recipients – Federal, State Lawmakers Must Act »
By Bill DeBaun, Director of Data and Evaluation, and Raymond AlQaisi, Policy and Advocacy Manager We are in the grips...
Thursday, May 7, 2020
NCAN Calls on Congress, ED for Further Support During COVID-19 Response »
As Congress recognized with the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, prospective and...
Monday, April 27, 2020
DACA, Undocumented Students Not Eligible for Emergency Aid »
Our students with DACA status received two pieces of distressing news last week: 1) They are not eligible for emergency a...

Financial Aid
Thursday, May 28, 2020
#FormYourFuture FAFSA Trackers Hub »
Data are crucial to successful FAFSA completion efforts, and both NCAN and Form Your Future place a strong emphasis on t...
Monday, May 25, 2020
Say Hello to Your New Personalized FAFSA Assistant »
We’ve all struggled with filling out applications, and the stress of trying to understand a complicated question doesn’t e...
Monday, May 18, 2020
FAFSA Completion Update: High School Seniors Continue Slide, Mixed News on Renewals »
NCAN continues to closely monitor FAFSA completions across the country among both high school seniors filing for the first...
Monday, May 18, 2020
Large-Scale Efforts to Boost FAFSA Completion Are Happening Across the Country »
It’s a fact: As of the end of April, FAFSA completion numbers are behind compared to the same time last year. Completions...
Thursday, May 14, 2020
NCAN Quarterly Newsletter: New and Renewal FAFSA Applications Both Decline »
Add FAFSA completion to the immeasurably long list of things affected by the COVID-19 global pandemic. Through mid-April,...

Member News
Monday, June 1, 2020
NCAN Members Respond to Protests for Racial Equity and Justice »
The protests taking place across the country are on all of our minds right now. The core of NCAN’s mission, and those of o...
Monday, April 27, 2020
What Do NCAN Members and Students Need During COVID-19? »
By Lindsey Barclay, Member Services Manager, and Elizabeth Morgan, Director of External Relations Earlier this month,...
Monday, April 27, 2020
Managing Students and Staff in Uncertain Times: Leadership Lessons From Academic Success Program »
By Sara Urquidez, Executive Director, Academic Success Program Like most NCAN members, the first two weeks of March fo...
Monday, April 20, 2020
#Here4Students Highlights: Coffee Chats, Resource Guides, and (Lots of) Individual Phone Calls »
Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve received and read so many uplifting stories about how our members are #Here4Student...
Monday, April 13, 2020
#Here4Students: NCAN Members Are the Helpers »
“When I was a boy and would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will...

NCAN News
Monday, May 18, 2020
Ascendium Vice President Joins NCAN’s Board of Directors »
In late April, the NCAN board of directors voted unanimously to appoint Amy Kerwin to its ranks. NCAN is pleased to welc...
Monday, March 16, 2020
NCAN Staff Providing Virtual Office Hours to Members »
Although many things about people's and organizations’ daily lives are in limbo at the moment, NCAN and its staff remain a...
Monday, March 16, 2020
COVID-19 & College Access and Success: A Message From NCAN's Director of Member & Partner Engagement »
By Zenia Henderson, Director of Member & Partner Engagement "The work of equity requires us to slow down in the m...
Monday, March 9, 2020
To & Through Advising Challenge Panels Draw Partners in the Field, Emphasize Data »
By Janai Raphael, Graduate Assistant for Research and Data Analysis Last month, dozens of K-12 and higher education...
Monday, March 2, 2020
NCAN Releases Report Highlighting Big Ideas for Changing K-12 Advising »
For two years, NCAN’s work with 20 school districts and partner organizations during the To & Through Advising Challe...

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