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 […]

CPC Celebrates RI Free Community College Legislation

On Thursday evening, Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo (D) signed legislation making a community college education free for the state’s recent high school graduates. Under the $2.8 million pilot program, high school graduates from the class of 2017 will be able to attend any of the state’s three community college campuses for two years without […]

My immigrant story: from community college to Harvard

My name is Gillian – I am a first generation college student and I will be attending Harvard for my Master’s this Fall. Without community college, I would not be where I am today. My parents never attended college; my mom didn’t even go to high school. My parents believed in the importance of education, […]

College Promise Month of Action Reaches Millions

In April, the College Promise Campaign (CPC) celebrated National Community College Month with four weeks of action to build public support for free community college. The effort garnered the support of celebrities including Kal Penn and Ted Allen, elected officials like Governor Gina Raimondo (D-RI) and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom (D-CA), partners like the Biden […]

Announcing the Free Community College Story Competition Winners

Drumroll please… We’re thrilled to announce that Dilia Samadova is the winner of our Free Community College Story competition. Her story inspired us deeply! Dilia will receive $2,000, which covers an average semester’s tuition at community college. And our runners-up are: Second Place: Johnson Tran Third Place: Mary Pacio Fourth Place: Gulish Javadova Johnson, Mary, and […]

Breaking Up with Student Debt Instagram Video Competition

Heads Up America — the College Promise Campaign’s initiative to build public support for free community college — is launching an Instagram-based video competition for students and alumni. With student debt at an all-time high, the cost of community college has become prohibitive for many of the students best served by these campuses. That is why […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why I work for Heads Up America

I’m James Schuelke and I work on our advocacy team here at Heads Up America. As a proud community college alumni, I know firsthand the difference these campuses make in people’s lives. That’s why today I’m heading to my alma mater, Cuesta College, where San Luis Obispo County is investing in the future by providing free […]

US Army -> Nassau Community College -> Columbia University

My name is Kristofer Goldsmith. I am a U.S. Army Veteran and I attended Nassau Community College before transferring to Columbia University. Supporting the free community college movement means continuing to serve my country – even after taking off the uniform. Going to community college saved my life. I want every American to be able […]


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