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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 […]

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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 […]

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Applauding New York’s Free Tuition Plan

The College Promise Campaign applauds New York for becoming the first state to provide free tuition for in-state students to attend any of its two or four-year public colleges or universities. The Excelsior Scholarship, first proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo this January, will allow students with family incomes up to $125,000 to earn a college […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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Philippines ➡️ Queens: My American Dream

I could hardly believe it when Governor Andrew Cuomo visited my campus this month to propose free public college tuition for New York students. Standing in the LaGuardia Community College auditorium, I was grateful because I know firsthand what a struggle it can be to juggle a full-time job and classes. I’ve always worked hard […]

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CPC Applauds Governor Cuomo’s Free College Tuition Plan

The College Promise Campaign applauds Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposal to offer free college tuition for low and middle-income students attending all of New York’s public community colleges and state universities. “A high school education is insufficient for success in the 21st century. The College Promise Campaign encourages every community and state to fund – at […]

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1st Generation American, 1st Generation College Grad

My name is Kibret Tsige. I am from Arlington, VA, but my parents emigrated from Eritrea about 30 years ago. I didn’t always envision myself as a community college student. At my high school in Arlington, success seemed to be measured by acceptance into an elite university. My high school’s newspaper showed the university every […]

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