Our endorsers represent the nation’s first intergenerational alliance for reforming higher education.

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"As governor of Michigan, I created the first tuition guarantee program in the nation, the Michigan Education Trust.  We used the power of our state government to enable families to save for their children’s education.  Now, with the rising cost of college tuition making it even more difficult for cashed-strapped families to give their children the same opportunities, I am pleased to join the effort to educate everyone about Redeeming America’s Promise--to make college tuition free and help restore the American dream."

Honorable James Blanchard

Former Governor of Michigan

"The effort to be able to bring college within the means of every individual who wants to attend college and has the academic ability to do so is something which I think is badly needed in the United States of America."

Michael Castle

Former Governor and Congressman, DE


“Every person in this great land of ours, should have the opportunity for a college degree without cost to themselves or their families. Without that key opportunity, the promise of equal opportunity - just - does - NOT – happen.”

Honorable Bob Carr

Former Congressman, D-MI


"Our current system for financing higher education is wrong headed from an inter-generational perspective and economically disastrous. It needs to end before America loses its global competitive edge for good.  Just as America made primary school education mandatory and free in the 19th century and a high school education universally available and free in the 20th century, we need to make college tuition free in the 21st century."

Morley Winograd

Former Senior Policy Adviser to Vice President Al Gore


"In the early 1960s, with the help of NDEA loans and a small scholarship, I was able to receive a top notch education at a very good college.  Some of the loans were forgiven as a result of my military service and all were paid off by the time I entered graduate school on the GI Bill.  The RAP plan can bring similar government support to current and future generations of students."

Laird Harris

Former Chief Policy Assistant for Washington Governor Booth Gardner

doug_ross.jpg“In 21st century America, it's long past due to expand our free K-12 system into a free K-16 system in the name of both opportunity and future prosperity.”

Doug Ross

Former Assistant Secretary of Labor for Education and Training


"By working at a steel mill during the summers, a car wash in the winters, and earning scholarships, I had enough to pay for college without enormous student loans. Today’s prohibitive college tuition levels would make that outcome impossible.  The higher education funding system doesn’t need tweaks; it needs to be ripped out root and branch and replaced with a system for the 21st Century--free college tuition; manageable student loans; incentives for schools to control inflation."  

Harris Miller

Former CEO of Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities

“My parents and their parents created a system of public education that gave my generation economic opportunities in the 20th century. It’s time for my generation to continue this legacy by making college tuition free and to create the economic opportunities of the 21st century.”

Rick Wiener

Former COS to Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm

"For students and families, communities and our nation, equal access to, and completion of, higher education must become an American priority.  Redeeming America’s Promise is a major step to that end."

David Wolf

Co-Founder Campaign for College Opportunity



“Higher education should unleash creative potential. It shouldn't wind up being an instrument of punishment through permanent indebtedness. That not only hurts borrowers, it hurts the strength of the United States of America.”

Cryn Johannsen

Founder and Executive Director of All Education Matters, Inc.

“One of the most important current and ongoing issues facing Americans is ever increasing college debt.  In many ways our competitive future is at risk if the college debt problem is not solved.  I am proud to be associated with an organization that has a solution to fix this problem permanently.”

Gregg Crawford

CEO of The Bay Group

“College costs have outpaced inflation with no end in sight. It's time to make a college education both accessible and cost-effective.”

Michael J. Carter

Founder and CEO, Strive for College

“Here’s an ingenious and efficient way to address, at once, our country’s urgent need to expand access to higher education and limit the debt burdens on those who pursue it.”

Robert Shapiro

Chairman and Chief Executive of Sonecon, LLC

Honorable Bill Halter | Former Lt. Governor of Arkansas

Honorable Ray LaHood | Former Congressman, IL and Transportation Secretary 

Honorable Bill Halter | Former Lt. Governor, AR

Honorable Howard Berman | Former Congressman, CA

Honorable Dennis Hertel | Former Congressman, MI

Elaine Kamarck | Former Lecturer in Public Policy, JFK School of Government, Harvard University

Don Fowler | Former Chairman, Democratic National Committee

Rebekah Turnbaugh | Policy & Program Associate, The Campaign for College Opportunity

Ted Kahn | CEO of DesignWorlds for College & Careers

Honorable Bill Brodhead | Former Congressman, MI

David Osborne | Author and Senior Partner, Public Strategies Group

Ryan Casey| Chairman, Lincoln County Democratic Party



Redeeming America’s Promise (RAP) is a non-profit organization established in the State of Washington in 2014 to educate parents, students, the higher education community, policy makers and taxpayers about efforts needed to fundamentally reform our nation’s system for financing higher education. This website and RAP’s educational outreach activities are made possible through generous individual and foundation support. We expect an IRS determination of our 501(c) 3 status in the near future.

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