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.
Location of a scholarship or promise program where college tuition is free for most
Location of a scholarship or promise program with some caveats or restrictions based on income or GPA
Promise proposal under consideration. Let us know about new Promise Program proposals in your community!
We believe college tuition should and can be free, just as it is in increasing numbers of communities across the country and for associate degree students in the State of Tennessee.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