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February is Financial Aid Awareness Month!

graduation_000The month of February is dedicated to a topic near and dear to our heart, Financial Aid Awareness month. Our efforts around empowering low-income, first generation students have focused around this topic with several of our initiatives, including most recently our College Assistance Program and our Financial Aid U Training Institute. Read the rest of this entry


National Community Tax Coalition and Citi Honored with Best Partnership Award

BCLC Award Win

We are thrilled to announce that NCTC and Citi have received the Best Partnership award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Business Civic Leadership Center for our work with Financial Aid U!  More than 11,500 online votes were cast by the public for this award, and your support helped put us on top! We could not have done it without you. Thank you! Read the rest of this entry

New Policy Brief Highlights Need to Protect and Improve Financial Aid

higher ed briefMany high school students and young adults are turning to college in order to increase their future job and earnings prospects. Yet, with ever-increasing higher education costs, far too many students and their families are coming up short, and accumulating burdensome debt. NCTC’s newest policy brief, “Investing in Our Future: Financial Aid Policies that Increase Access and Affordability in Higher Education,” examines some of the recent changes in the financial aid system, on both the state and the federal levels, and provides some recommendations to protect and bolster these programs, allowing higher education to become an affordable reality for any student, regardless of his or her income. Read the rest of this entry

FAU Allows Students to Reach Their Full Potential

Grad HatThe voting continues until Tuesday, October 15th for NCTC and the Citi Foundation for the Best Partnership Award for the Financial Aid U program. You can vote once per day, every day!

With funding from the Citi Foundation, Financial Aid U (FAU) has helped put more than 8,000 students across the U.S. on the path to earning a college degree. Our program helps steer students through the complex financial aid process and unlocks millions of dollars in federal and state aid and loan funding. For these students, financial aid is a crucial determining factor in their decision and ability to pursue a college degree. Read the rest of this entry

Help Us Win! Citi and NCTC are Finalists!

GraphicWe are proud to announce that NCTC and Citi have been named a finalist for the Best Partnership Award, organized by the Business Civic Leadership Center, for the joint implementation of Financial Aid U! Read the rest of this entry

2013 Financial Aid U Training Institute Request for Applications

FAUIn conjunction with the Citi Foundation, NCTC created the Financial Aid U (FAU) Training Institute to educate and train new, selected organizations to implement FAFSA preparation services in their communities. This past tax season NCTC trained seven new programs to launch FAU in their communities so they could assist students in gaining access to federal student aid for postsecondary education. Read the rest of this entry