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College Promise for All

Preparing America's Talent Pipeline by Increasing Access to Education, Training, and Credentialing

Commitment Statement on College Promise for All

We believe the best way to increase our nation’s college access and attainment goals and, at the same time, eliminate inequities and achievement gaps across America is to galvanize a nationwide movement in support of making college as universal, accessible, and affordable as high school has been in the U.S. for more than a century.

If America is to remain competitive in the global marketplace, pathways to economic and social mobility are critical to a fulsome national recovery. America must take bold steps to bolster its position in the world. The pace of change in the knowledge economy affecting the American workforce makes a high school education no longer enough to build the knowledge and skills required for long-term career success now or in the future. One hundred years ago, we made high school education universally accessible. Today, we must position our country to meet the demands of a new era by making a College Promise for All.

Over the past 5+ years, the College Promise movement grew sixfold to 337 local communities in 47 states and throughout 31 states, now delivering tuition-free college opportunities and increasing wraparound services for students. We want to build on this progress.

Our ultimate vision is to eliminate every financial and systemic barrier to an affordable, quality postsecondary education that includes essential student supports. We want to give our nation’s hardworking students the time and resources they need to focus on their studies, graduate sooner, and advance in the workforce and in the rest of their lives. In doing so, we will reduce the inequities that hold students back and unleash the talent pipeline for a far more prosperous nation in the 21st century.

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Signatories

AAC&U
APIA Scholars
Achieving the Dream
Akron Promise
America's Promise Alliance
Ascendium
Asset Funders Network
Avalos Foundation
CAS
CCAC
COE
California Community Colleges
California State University
Campaign for Free College Tuition
Catalyst Miami
Civic Nation
Code of Support Foundation
Cohen Strategy Group
College Promise
Community College Research Center
Complete College America
ECMC
ETS
EdX
Educate Maine
Education Strategy Group
El Dorado Promise
Excelencia in Education
GSV Ventures
Georgetown University
Girls Inc.
HACU
Hartnell College
Hazel Park Promise
Howard Community College
ISKME
Institute for Women's Policy Research
JFF
Lake Tahoe Community College
League for Innovation in the Community College
Linked Learning Alliance
Lumina
Mentor
NAF
NASH
NASPA
NCCEP
NISOD
NSPA
National League of Cities
North Idaho College
Oakland Promise
Penn GSE
Pittsburgh Promise
ProsperityNow
RCCD
Rural Community College Alliance
SBCC Foundation
SHEEO
San Diego Community College District
San Marcos Promise
Scholarship America
Strata9
TN Achieves
The Hope Center
Washington Student Achievement Council
York College

Sign the statement and join the movement

We invite you to sign on to this statement and commit your support for making college as universal, accessible, and affordable as high school has been in the U.S. for more than a century.