High school graduates in Ventura County receive one-year of free tuition at Ventura College.

Meet The Town That Inspired Free Community College In California

By Greg Gillespie, Chancellor of Ventura County Community College District, is a guest contributor for the College Promise Campaign This post was previously posted on Forbes.com The drive to make community college free is picking up speed here in California. Today, nearly 50 “College Promise” programs are delivering free tuition in every corner of the state. For […]

Graduates of Contra Costa College celebrate after the 2017 commencement.

Fund At Contra Costa College: Helping Students Finish School

By Sara Marcellino, Development Officer for the Contra Costa College Foundation, is a guest contributor for the College Promise Campaign This post was previously posted on Forbes.com A college education is an increasingly critical piece of becoming part of the American middle class. It is often noted that by 2020 65% of jobs in the United States […]

Social Enterprise CEO Discusses Value Of Accessible Higher Ed

By Andra Armstrong, Senior Strategist This post was previously posted on Forbes.com As the founder and CEO of the social enterprise Dobility, Dr. Christopher Robert employs a growing staff of professionals in locations spread across four continents. When he is sorting through applications, he says certain applicants stand out: community college alumni. That’s because he knows […]

Only Good News On Free Community College

By Missy Godfrey, CEO of Only Good News LLC This post was previously posted on Forbes.com Higher education is a goal for most students, but given the high costs, it is a dream that many cannot afford. That’s why a growing number of cities and states are delivering free community college through “College Promise” programs. These […]

Eloy Oakley and community partners launch the Long Beach College Promise in 2008.

California Leading The Charge On Free Community College

By James Schuelke, Director of Engagement & Advocacy  This post was previously posted on Forbes.com Free community college may sound like a fantasy, but it’s happening right now in nearly 200 communities across the nation. Governors, mayors, and countless others are working across party lines to help residents advance their lives through free community college. This strengthens local […]


College Promise Campaign Celebrates Second Anniversary

The College Promise Campaign celebrates its second anniversary this week by remarking on the rapidly growing national movement for free community college programs in communities and states across the nation. “Just two years ago we launched a bold initiative to make a community college education as universal and free as high school was in the […]


A Lifetime Long Beach Student Benefits From Free College

By Dominique Vera I’ve been a student in Long Beach, California from start to finish, all the way from pre-K to college. I’d like to think the City of Long Beach and the Long Beach College Promise have helped me complete my entire educational journey. As a student at Long Beach Polytechnic High School, I was […]

Leslie Marin is achieving her full potential through Santa Barbara’s free community college program.

How One Determined Student Found a Way to Go to School For Free

By Leslie Marin I was always determined to go to college, but I didn’t really know how I was going to get there. As a first generation student from a low-income family, I didn’t know how to apply or where I was going to get the money from. But I knew I wanted to be […]


The Biggest Misconception About Today’s College Students

By Gail O. Mellow This post was previously posted on The New York Times You might think the typical college student lives in a state of bliss, spending each day moving among classes, parties and extracurricular activities. But the reality is that an increasingly small population of undergraduates enjoys that kind of life. Of the country’s nearly 18 million undergraduates, more […]


One Family’s Free Community College Story

By Arturo & Yuliana Aguirre The Ventura College Promise was the first Promise program in California! It is a commitment to recent high school graduates that they will attend their first year at Ventura College free of tuition and fees. The Ventura College Promise has made a huge impact in people’s lives, particularly the Aguirre family. […]

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