A Lifetime Long Beach Student Benefits From Free College

By Dominique Vera I’ve been a student in Long Beach, California from start to finish, all the way from pre-K to college. I’d like to think the City of Long Beach and the Long Beach College Promise have helped me complete my entire educational journey. As a student at Long Beach Polytechnic High School, I was […]

The Biggest Misconception About Today’s College Students

By Gail O. Mellow This post was previously posted on The New York Times You might think the typical college student lives in a state of bliss, spending each day moving among classes, parties and extracurricular activities. But the reality is that an increasingly small population of undergraduates enjoys that kind of life. Of the country’s nearly 18 million undergraduates, more […]

One Family’s Free Community College Story

By Arturo & Yuliana Aguirre The Ventura College Promise was the first Promise program in California! It is a commitment to recent high school graduates that they will attend their first year at Ventura College free of tuition and fees. The Ventura College Promise has made a huge impact in people’s lives, particularly the Aguirre family. […]

I Can And I Did: How Free Community College Shaped My Life

By Klayre Guzman I was one of the first students ever to receive the San José Promise, a pilot program at San José City College (SJCC) that covered my tuition and fees and gave me the academic tools to succeed. And now, after graduating from UC Davis, I am a staff member for the San […]

CPC Statement on Tropical Storm Harvey

August 28, 2017 The College Promise Campaign is deeply concerned about the devastating flooding in the greater Houston region and the ongoing wrath of Tropical Storm Harvey in Texas. Our thoughts are with the community colleges, universities, and communities throughout Southeast Texas. We hope and pray for the safety of students, administrators and all of […]

CPC Welcomes Launch of Hawaii Promise

The College Promise Campaign welcomes the launch of the Hawaii Promise, a new $1.8 million pilot program that seeks to address educational inequity in the Aloha State by broadening access to higher education. This fall, close to 1,000 students attending one of seven community colleges in the University of Hawaii system will take advantage of […]

RI Joins The List Of States Providing Free Community College

By Andra Armstrong, Senior Strategist at the College Promise Campaign This post was previously posted on Forbes.com This month, Rhode Island joined the rapidly growing list of communities and states to fund a ‘free’ college education beyond high school. Starting this fall, in a new $2.8 million pilot program, recent high school graduates in the […]

CPC Statement on Events in Charlottesville, Virginia

August 16, 2017 The College Promise Campaign is dedicated to increasing opportunity for all through quality education at every level of society. Our staff is deeply saddened by the violence, bigotry, and racism expressed in Charlottesville, Virginia and in the aftermath. Human rights to free speech and peaceful assembly are hallmarks of the American way, […]

CPC Applauds Baltimore’s Free Community College Plan

Beginning in fall 2018, recent graduates of Baltimore’s public high schools will be able to attend Baltimore City Community College to earn a one-year certificate or two-year degree with the cost of tuition and fees covered by the city. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh (D) unveiled the plan at a news briefing on Wednesday as part […]


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