April 24, 2019 – Statewide Promise Status Update

The College Promise Campaign has released a status update on statewide programs engaged in the free college movement, highlighting the 24 states that have actively passed and taken steps to implement a statewide College Promise program. These statewide programs reflect the bipartisan nature of a movement intended to both bolster the American talent pipeline and […]

POLICY BRIEF: Growing College Enrollment and Persistence with the Pittsburgh Promise

Like other cities looking to reinvigorate their local community and labor force, Pittsburgh has turned to a place-based scholarship (or “Promise” program) as a means to encourage enrollment in its city schools, support college going for district graduates, and bolster the strength of its labor force. As with many other Promise programs across the country, […]

POLICY BRIEF: Spurring Innovation in New Jersey County Colleges through a Tuition-Free Pilot Program

Economic trends are driving the rising value of higher education in New Jersey and most residents will need a postsecondary certification or degree to get ahead. College Promise programs can help increase social, economic, and civic mobility by making higher education accessible and affordable. This spring, New Jersey will be piloting the state’s first tuition-free […]

POLICY BRIEF: Leveraging Free College and Children’s Savings Accounts For A 21st Century Wealth Building Agenda

This policy brief examines another way of supporting free college through leveraging and expanding current small-dollar Children’s Savings Accounts (CSAs) into a robust asset building program for the country and a way for low-income students to cover the full cost of college. While College Promise programs typically cover the cost of tuition and fees, they often fail […]

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 […]

Promise with A Purpose: College Promise Programs “Built For Completion”

The College Promise Campaign, Complete College America (CCA), and Achieving the Dream (ATD) have released Promise with a Purpose: College Promise Programs “Built for Completion,” a joint effort to advocate for states, cities and institutions to incorporate an intentional framework for student success into the College Promise programs that are sweeping the nation. Click here […]

College Promise and Open Education Join Forces for Student Access and Success

This was previously published on Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources by Dr. Barbara Illowsky In fall 2017, California officially joined the College Promise campaign when Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill waiving first year tuition for all new, CA resident students who enroll full-time at one of the 114 California Community Colleges (CCC). Even though […]


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