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
It has been just over a year since CFCT launched, and every day since, you’ve joined us in our dedication to making college tuition free in all fifty states. Since then, the notion of free college has gone from a crazy idea to the center of debate in the initial stages of this year’s presidential campaign. But there’s still so much more to be done.Read More
We owe much to Andrew Delblanco, a professor of Humanities and Director of American Studies at Columbia University, for his recent article “Our Universities: the Outrageous Reality.” The article, in the July 9, 2015 edition of the New York Review of Books, reviews six recent book releases on higher education. It also includes quite a bit of supplementary scholarship.Read More
Over the past few months we have had thousands of activists advocating for free college tuition. We have had the pleasure of working with passionate advocates and intellectual leaders on the topic. Through this, we have developed strategies and plans to make college tuition in our country a reality. But, early on, we realized this was not something we could do alone.Read More