The College Promise Guidebook

The College Promise Guidebook for California and Beyond helps teams develop, strengthen, or expand a College Promise program. Each section of the Guidebook includes embedded tools and exercises to help teams design the core program structure and functionality.Research summaries and examples from the field are embedded throughout the Guidebook to help you learn from other College Promise programs and to make evidence-based decisions about program design and implementation. Find and download the guidebook and a customizeable cost estimator tool here.

NEW: Report on College Promise in California for the James Irvine Foundation

This report from the California College Promise Project at WestEd describes the College Promise landscape in California, including the number of College Promise programs, the features of those programs, and the general perceptions of College Promise held by practitioners, leaders, and policymakers. Access the full report, entitled California College Promise: Program Characteristics and Perceptions from the Field, and learn more about the CCPP’s work in California in this recent article in Forbes.

AB 19 Resources

Since fall 2017, when Assembly Bill 19 (AB 19) was signed into law establishing the California College Promise, CCPP staff have been tracking the evolution of this legislation and sharing updates with the field. Visit our page of resources on AB 19, including our one-page explainer and a collection of guidance documents released by the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office.

Map of Promise Programs in California, Spring 2018

CCPP staff identified 43 College Promise programs in California as of Spring 2018. The CCPP Map (PDF) indicates where they are located. The College Promise programs included in the map met the following criteria: the program offers students benefits based on a student’s residency or school attendance; the program includes direct financial support for students; and the program began awarding scholarships in fall 2017 or earlier.

California College Promise Graphic

The CCPP Graphic (PNG) illustrates the aspirational vision of California College Promise that is broader than that of a traditional financial assistance program. In College Promise programs, education, government, business, philanthropy, and community partners collaborate to create a framework of supports and services to improve college affordability, access, and completion for all students.

CCPP Graphic (PNG)

Promises That Count: College Promise in Los Angeles

Fall 2017 The Promises That Count Report (PDF) includes a summary of the key features of the 14 College Promise programs in Los Angeles County that were implemented by fall 2017, detailed descriptions of the programs in LA County that were implemented prior to fall 2017, and a summary of College Promise-related state policies.  

The College Promise in California: A Collection of Program Profiles

Summer 2016

This collection profiles the 23 California College Promise programs that offer financial support to students to attend a California community college and were announced by Summer 2016 (PDF). For each program, the booklet includes a program summary, history, and contact information. Details are also included about student qualifications, type of financial disbursement (first or last dollar), student costs covered through the program, program funding sources, data being tracked, and research findings. The booklet offers easily accessible information to teams who are developing, implementing, improving, and evaluating College Promise programs in their community, and aims to encourage a broad community of College Promise learning and support in California. Booklets were distributed to all participants at the 2016 California College Promise Event (see below), to participants at the American Community College Trustees meeting, and to participants of PromiseNet, the national annual College Promise conference. A total of 1,200 booklets were disseminated across the nation.