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 […]


California College Promise: Program Characteristics and Perceptions from the Field

College Promise programs are thriving in California, and with the continued growth comes a need to understand the features of these diverse efforts and the perspectives of the communities in which they exist. In 2018, the James Irvine Foundation supported California College Promise Project (CCPP) at WestEd to study the College Promise landscape in California, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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“Free College:” Here to Stay?

By Jen Mishory, Century Foundation Free college, or “Promise” programs—a model of student aid that covers at least full tuition costs for a subset of a given state’s residents—have received a significant boost in the past few years. A central question has been whether the model benefits from more consistent political support over time as […]


City and County Playbook – How to Build a Promise

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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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REPORT: How Does Last-Dollar Financial Aid Affect First-Year Student Outcomes? Evidence from the Bridging the Gap Study

The second report in this series provides a mixed-methods look at the inaugural Bridging the Gap cohort’s first full year of college, complementing analysis of enrollment and academic performance data with insights from student interviews. Early results suggest positive impacts on enrollment among lower-income students, although it is unclear whether observed improvements in academic performance […]

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REPORT: The Future of Statewide College Promise Programs

This report first identifies and analyzes the range of design choices made by states and the challenges and opportunities created by those choices, finding that states that have enacted Promise programs since 2014 have imposed significant eligibility requirements. It then provides guiding principles to help states considering future Promise programs to avoid inequitable cost containment […]

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Help Celebrate National Community College Month

Join the College Promise Campaign in celebrating National Community College Month. Throughout the month, we will celebrate community colleges and the College Promise programs that expand access to them for so many hardworking students. Here’s our plan for April: Week 1: April 2-6th is “Why College Promise” week. We’ll be sharing some of the nation’s […]

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