President Obama's America's College Promise proposal and CFCT's National Promise Scholarship plan are bold ideas on how to make this true for everyone in the country.
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!
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
NDN, a leading think tank and advocacy organization based in Washington, DC, has joined CFCT’s bipartisan coalition to make college tuition free in all 50 states.Read More
President Obama's America's College Promise proposal and CFCT's National Promise Scholarship plan are bold ideas on how to make this true for everyone in the country.Read More
The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education recent report, Indicators of Higher Education Equity in the United States, has brought to light the past 45 years of growing inequality in our higher education system. Read the basics of the report.Read More
This is an excerpt from a post by Eric Kelderman and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Read the full story here. Amanda Raven Smith wants to go to college. But she doesn’t want to have the same experience as her father, who spent decades paying off student loans for a degree he couldn’t afford to finish.Read More