CPC Applauds Baltimore’s Free Community College Plan

Beginning in fall 2018, recent graduates of Baltimore’s public high schools will be able to attend Baltimore City Community College to earn a one-year certificate or two-year degree with the cost of tuition and fees covered by the city. Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh (D) unveiled the plan at a news briefing on Wednesday as part […]


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 […]

James Schuelke traveled to Racine, WI, in 2016 to help launch Gateway Promise, which delivers a free technical college education. Photo by Gateway Technical College.

How Free Community College Transforms Rural America

By James Schuelke, Director of Engagement & Advocacy  This post was previously posted on Rural America is the nation’s backbone. In every state, small towns like the one I called home in Idaho are strengthening our nation’s civic and economic fabric. But like too many Americans, hardworking folks from these communities are hurting. Jobs are […]


College Promise Campaign Celebrates the Detroit Promise Path

The College Promise Campaign is celebrating the release of a new report that highlights the success of the Detroit Promise Path, an extension of the city’s free community college program. The report was released on July 19. “Our campaign applauds the release of another report showing the positive impact of free community college programs when […]


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 […]

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