Free College Promise Campaigns

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Jeff Rose

May 1, 2017

The average annual college tuition rose by nearly 260% from 1980-2014.  Compared to a 120% increase in all consumer items, this is a significant increase which has made obtaining a college education difficult for many Americans.  Students who have decided to attend college despite these increases are experiencing record debt.  Student debt is now more than 1.3 trillion dollars with individual students having an average of 28,000 dollars in loans.

The College Promise Campaign was created to help more Americans attend college despite these increases and to help them become prepared for a workforce which is more heavily dependent on education.  The College Promise Campaign is a national, non-partisan initiative to build broad public support for funding the first two years of higher education for hard-working students, starting in America’s community colleges.

Currently, 40 states and over 190 colleges have College Promise programs, some of which were established through legislation while others were established through cross sector strategies.  More information on College Promise programs that are offered in or nearby your state can be found at the College Promise Campaign website.  The website lists college promise programs currently being offered along with an overview and the program’s qualifications.   

Interested in getting a College Promise program started at your college?  This College Promise Campaign link contains a toolkit to help guide advocating for a Promise program on your campus.  The link also includes talking points, FAQs and contact information.  Other talking points can be found in the College Promise Program’s Annual Report.  The report includes missions, strategy and goals, impact of the programs and the legislation introduced, resources and successes.

So what are your thoughts on College Promise programs?  Which programs are you aware of?  Do you think they significantly contribute to more students attending and graduating from college that wouldn’t do so otherwise?  Join the conversation – tweet us @NASPA_CCD. 

Jeff Rose is the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs at Delaware Technical Community College and also serves as a Mid-Level Professional Representative on the NASPA Community Colleges Division Board.

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