Drawing on the expertise of hundreds of organizational members in almost every U.S. state, NCAN is dedicated to improving the quality and quantity of support that underrepresented students receive to apply to, enter, and succeed in college.
Today, students of color, students from low-income backgrounds, and those who are the first in their family to attend college experience disproportionately lower rates of postsecondary success. Ultimately, only 35% of high school students from low-income backgrounds obtain a postsecondary credential by age 26, compared to 72% of high-income students.
When nonprofit organizations and schools provide specialized early awareness information, pre-college advising on admissions and financial aid, and mentoring, college entrance and completion rates rise dramatically. NCAN members touch the lives of more than 2 million students and families each year and span a broad range of the education, nonprofit, government, and civic sectors.