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 […]


Hungry and Homeless In College

Hungry and Homeless In College: Results From a National Study of Basic Needs Insecurity In Higher Education By: Sara Goldrick-Rab, Jed Richardson, and Anthony Hernandez Wisconsin HOPE Lab Food and housing insecurity among the nation’s community college students threatens their health and well-being, along with their academic achievements. Addressing these basic needs is critical to ensuring that […]


Adult Promise Program: a Pilot Design Template for States

The purpose of this document is to assist states interested in implementing a “promise-type” aid program specific to meeting the needs of adult students. It is intended to serve as a playbook to guide states through the implementation and pilot year of such a program. Because SHEEO’s members are the executive directors of the statewide […]


The College Promise in California

“The need for a college-educated workforce in the United States has never been greater. Yet, while access to higher education is ever more important, the cost of higher education has increased dramatically over the last few decades, becoming less accessible to students from low- and middle-income families. College Promise programs help address the need for […]


Sustainable Funding Models: Privately-Funded Models

Postsecondary education has come to assume an increasingly central role in American life. Nearly 66% of high school graduates enroll in college within 12 months of high-school graduation (Snyder, de Brey & Dillow, 2016), while millions of adults attend college classes to complete a certificate or degree program, retool their job skills, prepare for new […]

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