H.R.4212: America's College Promise Act of 2019


H.R 4212 would create a new federal-state partnership to provide two years of tuition-free access to community or technical college programs.

Specifically, this legislation would:
1) Authorize the appropriation of $91.7 billion of available grants over the next ten years;
2) Provided a federal match of $3 for every $1 invested by the state;
3) Ensure that programs offer academic credits which are fully transferable to four-year institutions in their state, or occupational training that leads to industry-recognized credentials.

This bill would also require the Department of Education to award $11.6 billion of grants over the next ten years to four-year historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and other minority-serving institutions (MSIs) to waive or reduce tuition and fees for up to 60 credits for low-income students. For HBCUs and MSIs to be eligible for these grants they must: (1) enroll a student body that contains at least 35% low-income students; (2) maintain or adopt reforms and practices to improve completion rates and student outcomes; (3) set performance goals; and (4) execute an articulation agreement with community colleges, if accepting transfer students.

S. 2250 is the Senate companion bill.

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Talking Points

  • Increased access to higher education is integral to building a more equitable culture
  • The cost of community and technical colleges should not be a barrier to success in attaining the skills needed in the 21st Century
  • Ensuring that students from low-income communities benefit proportionally from federal higher education policy is crucial in creating economic and social equity in the future
  • The National Assembly supports H.R. 4212 because free access to community and technical college is an important step in helping every student achieve their full potential.

Our Stance




Bill Number


Date Introduced

August 27, 2019


House Education and Labor Committee

Bill Status

Introduced or Prefiled


Rep. Andy Levin