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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...
Friday, July 10, 2020
Searching for Silver Linings Despite June 30 FAFSA Declines »
June 30, the unofficial end of the FAFSA cycle (despite this cycle officially continuing a whole other calendar year and e...
Monday, June 22, 2020
FAFSA Completions See Some Encouraging Signs, But Remain Down for the Year »
The number to pay attention to with regard to FAFSA completion right now is -3.2%. Through the end of May, both high scho...
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Best Practices for FAFSA Completion Support Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic »
By Meghan Lustig, Director of Policy and Communications, Education Finance Council Spring is typically a very busy ti...
Thursday, June 11, 2020
How the Asset Protection Allowance Affects Financial Aid »
By Mark Kantrowitz The asset protection allowance shelters a portion of assets reported on the Free Application for Fe...
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,...
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
New Data: Nearly 250,000 Fewer Low-Income FAFSA Renewals This Cycle Nationally »
Nearly 250,000 fewer returning students from the lowest-income backgrounds have renewed their FAFSA for the 2020-21 cycle,...
Thursday, April 16, 2020
SwiftStudent: New Free Tool Helps Students Report Significant Changes in their Financial Situation »
As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, many students and their families find themselves in economic circumstances that l...
Monday, April 13, 2020
Substantial FAFSA Completion Declines Continue Nationwide »
The #FormYourFuture FAFSA Tracker is updated with data on high school seniors’ FAFSA completions through April 3, and th...
Monday, March 30, 2020
FAFSA Completions Tumble Nationally Over Coronavirus »
NCAN’s #FormYourFuture FAFSA Tracker is updated with data from Federal Student Aid on FAFSA completions through March 20...
Monday, February 24, 2020
How a FAFSA Submission Could Qualify Students for $1,000 »
By Zenia Henderson, Director of Member & Partner Engagement We know that FAFSA completion is a priority for your p...
Monday, February 24, 2020
Through Mid-February, Tennessee and Louisiana Top FAFSA Tracker Rankings »
Through Feb. 14, more than 1.6 million high school seniors across the U.S. had completed a FAFSA. This is just 0.4% more t...
Friday, January 31, 2020
Here Are the Answers to 7 Common Questions About the College Board Opportunity Scholarships Program »
The Jan. 8 webinar " Best Practices: Using College Board Opportunity Scholarships to Clear the Path to College " included...
Monday, January 6, 2020
FSA’s Next Gen Initiative Revamps StudentAid.gov »
Last month, NCAN executive director Kim Cook previewed Federal Student Aid’s “Next Gen Digital and Customer Care Program...
Thursday, January 2, 2020
How Arizona Has Increased Its FAFSA Completion Capacity »
By Rich Nickel, President and CEO, College Success Arizona , and Roxanne Dewyer-Murphy, Director, AzCAN Over the la...
Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Coast to Coast: Los Angeles and Miami Pave the Way With Two New CSA Programs »
By guest blogger Oliver Robinson, Program Associate, Children’s Savings Team at Prosperity Now This article was orig...
Tuesday, December 24, 2019
How FAFSA Completion Challenge Cities Made the Most of Partnerships »
By guest blogger ASA Research Partnerships were a required component of the 2018-19 FAFSA Completion Challenge (FCC)...
Friday, December 20, 2019
2019 Concluded, FAFSA Focus Turns to 2020 »
It has been a big and interesting year for NCAN’s favorite(?) form, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)....
Friday, December 13, 2019
What’s Next for Federal Student Aid’s Next Gen Initiative »
The Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) unveiled many new tools and developments during its annual training conference ear...
Monday, December 9, 2019
Here's the Biggest FAFSA News From the 2019 FSA Training Conference »
Major General (Retired) Mark A. Brown, Chief Operating Officer at FSA, addresses attendees at the 2019 FSA Training Confer...
Monday, December 2, 2019
Students in Higher-Poverty School Districts Are Less Likely to Apply for Financial Aid »
By Bill DeBaun, Director of Data and Evaluation, and Carrie Warick, Director of Policy and Advocacy In 37 states, the...
Thursday, November 14, 2019
Nebraska to Create College Savings Account for Every Baby »
In May, Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts signed legislation creating the Meadowlark Program to encourage families to save for...
Thursday, November 14, 2019
FAFSA Completions Up 4.6% Through First Month of 2020-21 Cycle »
By Janai Raphael, Graduate Assistant for Research and Data Analysis From long hours at financial aid nights to navigat...
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
FAFSA Completion Challenge Cities Weigh In On Effective Strategies, Challenges »
A spring survey of 2018-19 FAFSA Completion Challenge grantees and their partners requested input on effective strategie...
Monday, October 14, 2019
NCAN’s #FormYourFuture FAFSA Tracker Now Tracking 2020-21 Completions »
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Leaves are falling. Temperatures are dropping (kind of). FAFSA completions are r...
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
World Investor Week: Investing 101 for Students »
By guest blogger the SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy Congratulations on investing in your future by pu...
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
FAFSA Verification: Three Common Roadblocks and How to Solve Them »
By guest blogger Sonja Demps , Operations Coordinator, Dell Scholars Program This article was originally published o...
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Use These Resources to Boost FAFSA Completion in Your Community »
The launch of the 2020-21 FAFSA is right around the corner. Oct. 1 marks the first day that NCAN members can begin helping...
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Financial Aid Fraud is Wrong — But Overcorrection Could Hurt More Students »
This op-ed was originally published in The Hill on Aug. 1, 2019. Here we go again. Families guided by a private coll...
Friday, August 2, 2019
NASFAA Op-Ed: 5 Things We've Learned About Financial Aid Offers From Consumer Testing »
By guest blogger Justin Draeger, National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) President This...
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
North Texas School District Implements College Savings Program »
By guest blogger Educate Texas staff This story originally appeared in the 2018 Educate Texas annual report and is...
Monday, July 8, 2019
2019-20 FAFSA Cycle Sees 10,000 Fewer Completions »
This post has been updated. June 30 marks the unofficial end of each FAFSA cycle, at least for high school seniors, as...

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