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, […]


Why I’ll Graduate From Yale But Owe It To Community College

This article was previously posted on By Ryan Liu Growing up, I listened to my parents tell me how the only thing that can’t be taken away from you is an education. I could understand their perspective. When my mother fled the Cambodian genocide and when my father immigrated from Argentina, they left behind […]


How One University Student Helped Build Providence Promise

This article was previously posted on By Madalyn Ciampi I was finishing my Master’s Degree at Brown University when I began working at Civic Nation. As an Urban Education Policy graduate student, I knew I wanted to find an internship that would expose me to large scale movements in education, but I had reservations about […]


CPC Celebrates Nevada’s Free Community College Law

The College Promise Campaign celebrates Nevada’s passage of legislation making a free community college education available to graduating high school seniors. Governor Brian Sandoval (R) signed the Nevada Promise Scholarship into law on June 8, following its unanimous, bipartisan support in both houses of the State Legislature. “The College Promise Campaign celebrates Nevada for joining […]


Nevada Lawmakers Unanimously Approve Free Community College

This article was previously posted on By Matt Caffrey, Director of Engagement and Advocacy, College Promise Campaign Free college was a big issue in last year’s election. Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton campaigned on sweeping plans to make public colleges and universities free. Donald Trump campaigned on making our nation’s colleges and universities more affordable. Those […]

Gesturing to her sister, Elizabeth says “we’re both smart, dedicated, good critical thinkers. That should be all it takes to go to college.”

The Kalamazoo Promise Sends Spilman Sisters To Free College

This article was previously posted on By Hannah Engler “It’s become a college-bound town,” says University of Michigan at Ann Arbor freshman Emily Spilman of her hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Emily, who began her engineering degree at the University of Michigan last fall, is one of the many students whose tuition is covered under the […]


We’re In Milwaukee Celebrating Free Technical College

This article was previously posted on By Martha Kanter, Executive Director, College Promise Campaign On September 9, 2015, Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) launched its free technical college program, MATC Promise, for high school graduates. It was on that same day President Obama and Dr. Jill Biden announced the College Promise Campaign—where I work—to make […]


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 […]

Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) signing the new Excelsior Scholarship into law.

New York Joins A Wave Of New Free College Programs

This article was previously posted on By Martha Kanter Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) signed sweeping new legislation into law, making public colleges and universities free for low and middle income students New York. This bold step is the latest in a growing national movement to make community college free for all hardworking […]


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 […]

Join the movement for free community college.