"When my parents realized our family would no longer have to sacrifice as much for me to go to college, they were elated."
The Promise movement started in 2005 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, when a generous but anonymous gift allowed the city to promise free college tuition at any Michigan institution of higher education to graduates of the city’s public schools. Since then, the idea has expanded to communities across the country.
Where Promise programs are not yet a reality, many organizations are working to expand college access across the country. As a result of their work, more and more people care deeply about this cause. Take a look at what’s happening near you.
Initiatives to make college tuition free are gaining momentum across the country. Ours was a carefully crafted effort that brought together some of the brightest thinkers in higher education policy. Learn more about our plan’s roots and help us spread the word.Learn More
If you agree that free college tuition is essential for removing cost as a barrier to college, make your voice heard. Click here to check out several organizations doing innovative work around the country to make college more accessible and more affordable.Learn More
If anyone needed proof that the escalating price of college tuition will be a topic of great and heated debate in America, the recent showdown between the Governor of California, newly re-elected Jerry Brown, and the new President of the University of California system, Janet Napolitano, should be evidence enough.Read More
Can Yale -- the formidable pillar of American higher education -- provide education to its students free of charge?Read More
NEW HAVEN, CT – Today, the Campaign for Free College Tuition (CFCT) --freecollegenow.org -- launched with a mission to make public colleges and universities tuition free in all fifty states. Formerly known as Redeeming America’s Promise, CFCT will support and advance state and community programs, as well as a federal plan, providing a tuition free college education to students across the country.Read More