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Federal Policy & Advocacy
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...
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...
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
NCAN Executive Director Testifies About Fixing the FAFSA to the Senate Education Committee »
Last week, NCAN Executive Director Kim Cook testified in front of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (H...
Friday, September 4, 2020
Experts Continue to Document FAFSA Verification’s Undue Burden on Students and Institutions »
NCAN has long advocated for simplification of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Achieving a simpler...
Friday, July 31, 2020
How and Why to Meet with Your Members of Congress in August »
Congress is still working through negotiations for the next COVID relief package . But next week, lawmakers are expected...
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
GOP Releases COVID 4 Proposal; Long Negotiations Ahead »
Yesterday, Senate Republicans released a package of bills – collectively called the Health, Economic Assistance, Liabili...
Monday, July 20, 2020
Should We Reward Colleges for Generating Economic Mobility? »
By Cody Christensen, Doctoral Student, Vanderbilt University, and Jason D. Delisle, Resident Fellow, American Enterprise I...
Monday, July 20, 2020
It’s Virtual Advocacy Week: We're Asking Congress to #DoublePell »
In light of the compounding crises brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, students face unprecedented uncertainty in thei...
Monday, July 13, 2020
U.S. Department of Ed. Issues Awaited Guidance on Student Aid Reconsideration and Verification »
Photo By: U.S. Department of State (IIP Bureau) - image of the U.S. Department of Education On July 9, the U.S. D...
Wednesday, July 1, 2020
Senate Dems' New Aid Bill: $132 Billion for Higher Ed, No Eligibility Restrictions on Student Grants »
Yesterday, Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), along with 18 other members of the Senate Democratic Caucus, introduced the Coronavir...
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
The Power Higher Ed Institutions Can Have in Supporting Undocumented Students »
By Willian De Faria, Student at the University of Notre Dame and Member of the LEDA Policy Corps As a full-time stud...
Thursday, June 18, 2020
SCOTUS Rules Against Trump Administration in DACA Case, Protecting Program For Now »
Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling declaring unlawful the Trump administration’s attempt to end the Deferr...
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...
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...
Friday, March 27, 2020
Emergency Funding for Students Included in Congress’ Third COVID-19 Response Package »
By Raymond AlQaisi, Policy and Advocacy Manager, and Carrie Warick, Director of Policy and Advocacy After weeks of neg...
Monday, March 9, 2020
NCAN Members and Students Advocate on Capitol Hill »
Last week, around 100 NCAN members and 50 students gathered in Washington, D.C., for two days to advocate for key priorit...
Monday, February 10, 2020
5 Questions About FAFSA Simplification Implementation »
In December, Congress passed and the president signed the FUTURE Act , which included significant enhancements to the dat...
Thursday, December 19, 2019
How the FUTURE Act Improves the Federal Financial Aid System »
By Michele Streeter, TICAS, Rachel Gentry, NASFAA, and Raymond AlQaisi, NCAN President Trump today signed into law the...
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Congress Passes Bill to Simplify FAFSA, Permanently Reauthorize MSI Funding »
The U.S. House of Representatives passed an amended version of the FUTURE Act on Dec. 10, 2019. The final vote tally was 3...
Thursday, December 5, 2019
NCAN Supports Legislation to Simplify FAFSA, Permanently Reauthorize MSI Funding »
By Carrie Warick, Director of Policy and Advocacy, and Ray AlQaisi, Policy and Advocacy Manager The National College A...
Wednesday, December 4, 2019
DACA: Where Things Stand, How To Get Involved »
By guest blogger Rachel Lostumbo, Assistant Director for Success, CollegeTracks In late November, the fate of over 7...
Monday, December 2, 2019
Check Out the 2019 #Thankful4Pell Campaign Highlights »
The sixth annual #Thankful4Pell advocacy campaign is in the books. The 2019 campaign ran Nov. 18-22, and a number of NCAN...
Monday, November 18, 2019
What is the 2020-21 Pell Grant Max Award? »
Update, Jan. 7, 2020: In late December 2019, Congress passed – and President Trump signed into law – a bipartisan spending...
Monday, November 18, 2019
Use Social Media to Tell Congress Why You’re #Thankful4Pell »
The Pell Grant program is a higher education policy success story. Since 1972, the Pell Grant has helped tens of millions...
Friday, October 25, 2019
Holding For-Profit Schools Accountable is a Civil Rights Issue – A Brief on 'Gainful Employment' »
A recently released brief that focuses on the federal rules, or lack thereof now, for “gainful employment” paints a dism...
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Sens. Alexander, Jones Introduce FAFSA Simplification Act of 2019 »
This evening, Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Doug Jones (D-AL) introduced the FAFSA Simplification Act of 2019 , which...
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
House Democrats Unveil Comprehensive Higher Education Bill »
Today, U.S. House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA) introduced the College Affordability Act – a...
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
College Possible Creates Committee to Hone Advocacy Skills Among Staff »
College Possible Chief Program Officer Traci Kirtley and College Possible alum and coach Ha-Quyen Nguyen met with Capitol...
Friday, September 27, 2019
Senate Education Committee Chair Releases New – But Not Comprehensive – Higher Ed Bill »
By Carrie Warick, Director of Policy and Advocacy, and Ray AlQaisi, Policy and Advocacy Manager Yesterday, Sen. Lamar...
Monday, September 23, 2019
Action in Congress Heats Up on Higher Education Act »
By Carrie Warick Director of Policy and Advocacy, and Raymond AlQaisi , Policy and Advocacy Manager As this Cong...
Monday, September 9, 2019
Congress Has Hills to Climb This Fall in Government Funding, HEA »
Washington can now declare the end of summer because Congress is back in town. Returning from the traditional August reces...
Monday, August 5, 2019
Rep. Meng Reintroduces Bill to Provide Additional Supports to Community College Students »
Only 20% of full-time community college students graduate after three years , and just 35% graduate after five years....
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
To Eat or To Learn: Policymakers Address Student Food and Housing Insecurity »
The ongoing joke about “college students live off of ramen” exposes a hidden reality: More than 30% of students are food i...
Thursday, July 25, 2019
Data Sharing Between ED and IRS Would Prevent Errors in Popular Student Loan Repayment Plan »
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a  new report  today that rings alarm bells about incom...

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