By Zenia Henderson, Director of Member & Partner Engagement, and MorraLee Keller, Director of Technical Assistance
Note: We are updating this page regularly with new resources and links.
In the wake of the growing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, students across the country are facing a great deal of uncertainty as school districts close and higher education institutions move to online instruction and shutter their dormitories. And the
students NCAN members serve are some of the most vulnerable.
This page is where we'll share best practices, FAQs, policy updates, and other news and information related to supporting students during the coronavirus outbreak.
Be sure to also check out these other resources and insights from NCAN:
NACAC’s annual College Openings Update– A listing of colleges and universities that still have openings, financial aid, and housing available to qualified freshmen and/or transfer students for the fall 2020 semester.
SwiftStudent– A free digital tool that helps students students learn about the financial aid appeal process,
review eligibility requirements, and customize free template appeal letters to submit to their college financial aid office.
uAspire Support Resource For All – This document includes resources for
students, families, and educators on key questions and procedures regarding financial aid and the impact of COVID-19 now, and in the months ahead. Refer back regularly for updated information.
Emergency Grant Toolkit for Colleges–This resource from Trellis Company walks higher education institutions through the process of creating, administering, and communicating to students about an emergency aid program.
NCAN is requesting that members share resources they have developed to support the students they serve as a result of the current health crisis. If you are willing to share examples of items listed below, please send them directly to MorraLee Keller at
firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can make them available. NCAN is looking for:
Sample communications to the high school and/or college students you serve.
Sample communications to the public about maintaining your organization’s operations and organizational strategies for continuing student supports.
Sample student checklists or guiding instructions for actions to take a) during their K-12 school closure period or b) as their college or university moves to online instruction.
Links to national websites providing critical information for high school or current college students that relates to the college access or completion process.
uAspire Support Resource For All – This document includes resources for students, families, and educators on key questions and procedures regarding financial aid and the impact of COVID-19 now, and in the months ahead. Refer back regularly for updated information. – uAspire (Massachusetts)
Checklists/Guiding Instructions for High School or College Students
Checklist for College Students (covers housing, food, health care, financial, Internet accessibility, and computer accessibility) – College Now Greater Cleveland (Ohio)
Help During COVID-19 (covers resources to stay healthy, college testing and admissions, remote learning and technology, and employment impacts) – Get