Register Today! American Youth Policy Forum and MDRC to Host April 26 Capitol Hill Forum on College Promise Programs


The American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) and MDRC are cosponsoring a Capitol Hill forum, “College Promise: Supporting Students in College Access and Success,” on Friday, April 26, 12:00-1:30 pm. The event will focus on the impact of College Promise programs and MDRC’s College Promise Success Initiative on college access and success, highlighting the Detroit Promise Path. The evidence of the proven benefits of these programs is coming at the right time to inform the process of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act in helping students access and complete college.

Community college students face many barriers to success including tuition costs, a lack of support on campus, and academic and other barriers such as cost of books and transportation. College Promise programs, which now number more than 300 nationally, provide financial support to pay students’ tuition and fees. These programs have received bipartisan support from state and municipal policymakers as a way to improve students’ access to college, putting college financially in reach.

While College Promise programs have been shown to improve college access through tuition assistance, not all of them address other barriers to college success. MDRC’s College Promise Success Initiative takes the College Promise program one step further by implementing evidence-based student support practices to improve college completion.

Presenters will include:

Martha Kanter, Executive Director, College Promise Campaign

Alyssa Ratledge, Research Analyst, MDRC

Monica M. Rodriguez, Manager, Detroit Promise Path


Katie Berger, Professional Staff Member, House Committee on Education & Labor

Other Congressional staff invited

To register, visit the AYPF website.