College Goal Sunday To Get New Leader, New Strategic Plan

By Katy Hopkins, Communications Staff

The National College Access Network (NCAN) will soon assume leadership of College Goal Sunday, taking over for USA Funds after its three-year stint at the helm.

NCAN, an organization of 400 members, works to “build, strengthen, and empower communities committed to college access and success so that all students, especially those underrepresented in postsecondary education, can achieve their educational dreams.” The organization has big plans for College Goal Sunday, aiming to give it a strategic plan and, ultimately, to undertake a new national FAFSA completion campaign in 2017.

To devise the plan and campaign, NCAN will gather a national steering committee of members, including NASFAA and other representatives from national nonprofit organizations; higher education, state and federal agencies; the business and philanthropic sectors; and representatives of existing state College Goal Sunday programs,” the organization announced in a press release. NASFAA also plans to help make NCAN’s College Goal Sunday efforts a success through information dissemination, including through Today’s News.

“We look forward to building on the nearly three decades of College Goal Sunday success as a volunteer mobilization strategy to reach more of the millions of individuals who fail to file a FAFSA each year and therefore forgo college entirely or eventually drop out because of financial hardship,” said Kim Cook, NCAN executive director, in the press release.

Whether through program administration or in advisory capacity, NASFAA has long supported the mission of College Goal Sunday. In 2015 alone, the efforts are expected to help approximately 30,000 students and parents to file the FAFSA, according to the press release.


Publication Date: 3/2/2015

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