Adult Promise Program: a Pilot Design Template for States

The purpose of this document is to assist states interested in implementing a “promise-type” aid program specific to meeting the needs of adult students. It is intended to serve as a playbook to guide states through the implementation and pilot year of such a program. Because SHEEO’s members are the executive directors of the statewide […]


The College Promise in California

“The need for a college-educated workforce in the United States has never been greater. Yet, while access to higher education is ever more important, the cost of higher education has increased dramatically over the last few decades, becoming less accessible to students from low- and middle-income families. College Promise programs help address the need for […]


Designing Sustainable Funding for College Promise Initiatives

Postsecondary education has come to assume an increasingly central role in American life. Nearly 66% of high school graduates enroll in college within 12 months of high-school graduation (Snyder, de Brey & Dillow, 2016), while millions of adults attend college classes to complete a certificate or degree program, retool their job skills, prepare for new […]


College Promise Campaign Annual Report

The College Promise Campaign Annual Report celebrates the tremendous growth in College Promise programs in the first year since the Campaign launched. Through communications, advocacy, leadership development, cross- sector engagement, and research, the Campaign has encouraged a national movement in communities and states to make a community college education within reach for eligible hardworking students […]


“Supporting the College Promise” Toolkit

College Promise Campaign partner organizations the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) and Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) put together a toolkit to guide advocating for a Promise program on campus. Download


Making Public Colleges Tuition Free: A Briefing Book for State Leaders

America’s future prosperity and its citizens’ access to opportunity depend on increasing educational opportunities beyond high school for all students. Public education has always been principally a joint state-community effort. Once again, states led by visionary Governors and community leaders are responding to the need to expand public education for their residents. The case for […]


Understanding College Promise Programs

By Laura W. Perna, Ph.D. , the James S. Riepe Professor & Executive Director of Penn AHEAD, this report analyzes how to deliver the college promise. Download Dr. Laura Perna’s Website


Promise Nation: Transforming Communities through Place Based Scholarships

By Michelle Miller Adams, from the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research Kalamazoo, Michigan. This book gives an overview of the development of the Promise movement nationwide and research on the impacts of such programs. Download


Delivering on the Promise: Structuring College Promise Programs to Promote Higher Education Attainment for Students from Underserved Groups

By Laura W. Perna, Ph.D., the James S. Riepe Professor & Executive Director of Penn AHEAD, this report provides a basic understanding of the College Promise Campaign from a research perspective. Download Dr. Laura Perna’s Website 


The America’s College Promise Playbook

Released by the U.S. Department of Education, the purpose of this America’s College Promise Playbook is to connect practitioners with relevant actionable information that will allow them to offer more students access to an affordable, high-quality education. Download  

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