Last-Dollar Report

REPORT: How Does Last-Dollar Financial Aid Affect First-Year Student Outcomes? Evidence from the Bridging the Gap Study

The second report in this series provides a mixed-methods look at the inaugural Bridging the Gap cohort’s first full year of college, complementing analysis of enrollment and academic performance data with insights from student interviews. Early results suggest positive impacts on enrollment among lower-income students, although it is unclear whether observed improvements in academic performance […]

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REPORT: The Future of Statewide College Promise Programs

This report first identifies and analyzes the range of design choices made by states and the challenges and opportunities created by those choices, finding that states that have enacted Promise programs since 2014 have imposed significant eligibility requirements. It then provides guiding principles to help states considering future Promise programs to avoid inequitable cost containment […]

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Help Celebrate National Community College Month

Join the College Promise Campaign in celebrating National Community College Month. Throughout the month, we will celebrate community colleges and the College Promise programs that expand access to them for so many hardworking students. Here’s our plan for April: Week 1: April 2-6th is “Why College Promise” week. We’ll be sharing some of the nation’s […]

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College Promise Campaign Brochure

The College Promise Campaign brochure is a document created to introduce the idea of College Promise, capture the progress in creating these programs, and help potential champions get started in creating a program for their own community. It’s designed to be accessable for all audiences while being valuable for policy leaders. Click here to download. […]

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RESOURCE: Measuring What Matters

In a new report, Measuring What Matters, produced in partnership with Gallup and sponsored by Strada Education Network, shows that community colleges with sustained, institution-wide focus on student success have a strong impact on graduates’ success in workplace engagement, well-being, college satisfaction, and alumni attachment. Download here.

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POLICY BRIEF: The Promise of the College Promise

College Promise Campaign Policy Brief No.1 Download here. Spring 2018 Introduction Over the past few years, over 200 College Promise programs in 43 states have become increasingly popular policy proposals at the state and local levels. Simply put, these programs offer students the opportunity to attend a four-year, two-year, or technical college tuition- and fee-free. […]

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How Students Use Federal, State and Institutional Aid to Pay for College: A Primer for State Policymakers

The variety of aid sources available to students today can lead to confusion when it comes to policymaking, especially at the state level. Funding for postsecondary education varies across states but is often earmarked to cover tuition and fees. For some programs, financial aid may also help supplement costs for other related expenditures, such as […]

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Building College Promise in Your City or County

In early 2018, the College Promise Campaign and West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon will release a playbook for mayors, county executives, and other locally-elected leaders as they establish or expand College Promise programs in their communities. Building a College Promise program is an investment in your community. Be the first to receive a copy of the […]


Making Promises: Designing College Promise Plans Worth Keeping

Michael Dannenberg and Konrad Mugglestone correctly observe that, “nearly every Democrat — and likely a number of Republicans — running for office statewide this cycle will propose some sort of college affordability plan. If those plans are going to deliver as promised and not backfire on large numbers of students, families, and taxpayers, they need […]


Free Community College: An approach to increase adult student success in postsecondary education

Published: November 2016 Sarah Pingel, Emily Parker, Lauren Sisneros Education Commission of the States Download the report here.

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