CPC Welcomes Launch of Hawaii Promise

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 the new scholarship, which provides funding covering books, supplies and transportation costs for students with great financial need.  The innovative new program — which acknowledges the overall cost of attending college — is available to qualified Hawaii residents of any age once they have exhausted all other sources of state or federal student aid.

“I am delighted that Hawaii has joined the growing list of communities and states making a community college or technical education free because they recognize that a high school education is no longer enough to be prepared for the 21st century,” said Dr. Martha J. Kanter, the Executive Director of the College Promise Campaign. “And I am thrilled that the Hawaii Promise addresses financial barriers beyond tuition and fees to keep higher education affordable for students with great financial need. By providing funds for books, supplies, and transportation, the Hawaii Promise is boosting opportunity for thousands of students now and for the future.”

Hawaii’s Legislature supported funding for the Promise as part of the state budget. Gov. David Ige (D) signed the measure into law to encourage and enable more Hawaiians to start and complete a college education.

“Higher education is the key to higher paying jobs and a better quality of life,” Gov. Ige told the Honolulu Star Advertiser. “Programs such as Hawaii Promise remove cost barriers for anyone who wants to attend college, clearing the path for community college students to complete their education.”

Hawaii joins the growing list of 11 other states that have passed versions of free community or technical college legislation or executive orders. This year,  New York, Rhode Island, Montana, Arkansas, Indiana, and Nevada into the free college movement, joining Tennessee, Oregon, Minnesota, Delaware, and Kentucky. College Promise opportunities for students are gaining support as more programs are being proposed, implemented, and expanded in more than 200 communities and 40 states.

About the College Promise Campaign:

The College Promise Campaign is a nonpartisan, nonprofit higher education initiative that builds widespread support for funding the first two years of a community college education for all hardworking students. Chaired by Dr. Jill Biden and former Governor Jim Geringer (R-WY), the Campaign works to build broad public support that community college education is an investment in America’s future and a necessary continuation of K-12 education. In the 21st century, a high school diploma is no longer enough to lead Americans to a good job and decent quality of life. CPC is an initiative of Civic Nation, a 501(c)(3) organized exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. Learn more about the College Promise and the Campaign at CollegePromise.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – August 25,  2017

Contact: Andra Armstrong, Senior Strategist

Phone: (202) 827-6720

Email: andra@civicnation.org

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