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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.

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.


Annual Report 2016-2017

The College Promise Campaign Annual Report celebrates the tremendous growth in College Promise programs in the second year since the Campaign launched. Through communications, advocacy, leadership development, cross-sector engagement, and research, the Campaign has encouraged a national movement in communities and states to make a community college education within reach for eligible hardworking students seeking to complete a […]


Design Sustainable Funding for College Promise

College promise programs are spreading throughout this United States. These programs fund tuition and/or fees for eligible students who are actively progressing toward earning postsecondary certificates and undergraduate degrees. While existing college promise programs have varying designs, each one appears to be seeking continuous and long-term financial sustainability. The existing programs appear to be aimed […]


College Costs in Context: A State-by-State Look at College (Un)Affordability

As sticker prices and student debt keep rising, students, families, and the policymakers who represent them are increasingly concerned about college affordability. Although debates about what is or is not affordable tend to focus on dollar figures, even a very low cost can be unaffordable for those with few resources, whereas a far higher dollar […]


Deeper in Debt: Women and Student Loans

Over the course of the past few decades, student loans have become an increasingly common means of paying for a college education. Most students who complete a college program now take on student loans, and the amount of student debt that students assume has increased along with the price of attending college. At this time […]

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