Promise Programs

The Upjohn Institute plays a leading role in research and evaluation of place-based scholarship programs locally and nationally.

This page brings together resources related to the growing population of place-based scholarship—or "promise"—programs, including the Kalamazoo Promise.

Research is also available organized alphabetically by author and by type of outcome.


Tuition-free scholarships may blunt effects of recession, but not everyone benefits equally

April 30, 2021 · Research Highlight
Pandemic recession brought drops in enrollment. Photo: Allison Shelley/EDUimages

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Tuition-free scholarships may blunt effects of recession, but not everyone benefits equally

April 30, 2021 · Research Highlight
Pandemic recession brought drops in enrollment. Photo: Allison Shelley/EDUimages

Promise scholarships get graduates into good jobs—if the jobs are there

April 22, 2021 · Research Highlight
Research shows graduates may move away if there aren't enough good job opportunities nearby. Photo by Allison Shelley/The Verbatim Agency for EDUimages

tnAchieves from a National Perspective

November 6, 2020 · Research

The Promise Landscape in Michigan

October 2, 2020 · Research