Local Promise Programs

Posted by Katy Hollyday on August 10, 2016 at 11:53 AM

In communities around the country, free college tuition is already a reality. From Kalamazoo to Nashville, students are going to college without the burden of debt thanks to “Promise” programs.

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.

Local Promise Programs

Promise Programs in the USA

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