Annual Report 2017-2018

The College Promise Campaign 2017-2018 Annual Report celebrates the tremendous growth in College Promise programs in the third year since the Campaign launched. The Annual Report highlights Promise impacts, Promise voices, and profiles high quality, comprehensive College Promise programs  as examples to states and communities, while also detailing the work of the College Promise Campaign […]

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 […]

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 […]

College Promise & Open Educational Resources: A Winning Combination

By Hal Plotkin, Senior Open Policy Fellow at Creative Commons USA This post was previously posted on Forbes.com This week is Open Education Week, when members of Open Education Consortium come together to showcase what they’re doing to make education more open, free, and available to everyone. When Melissa Hoch was in her mid-40’s, newly divorced, […]

How A Filmmaker Found His Voice in Community College

By Alexander Shebanow, a documentary filmmaker and director of Fail State, an expansive documentary exposé on predatory for-profit colleges and worsening inequality in American higher education This post was previously posted on Forbes.com In 2009, I graduated high school with mediocre grades, mediocre SAT scores, a too-good-for-college-stubbornness, and a half-hatched plan to move to Los Angeles […]

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 […]

Florida State College at Jacksonville Pioneers Free Community College

This fall, students in Florida’s Nassau and Duval counties will benefit from a free community college program for all eligible high school graduates in their community. Under this unique new College Promise program, Florida State College at Jacksonville will cover tuition, fees, and books for students who have graduated high school within the past three […]

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 […]

Rapid Progress for Tuition-Free College Promise Initiatives

With the new federal administration gearing up in Washington, states and communities across the nation are taking action to promote affordable access to higher education. Throughout the nation, leaders are developing College Promise initiatives, which cover tuition and fees for students to attend a community college, technical school, or university. There are now over 190 […]


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