LeadMN joined a coalition of 62 colleges, student groups, civil rights and higher education organizations delivered a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Majority Leader Chuck Schumer urging Congress to pass America’s College Promise through budget reconciliation.

The letter highlights broad, bipartisan support for free community college programs in states as diverse as California, Michigan, Rhode Island and Tennessee, and urges Congress not to attach income tests to a federal proposal.

“While there are many essential policy proposals in the reconciliation bill, including increases to Pell grants and college completion grants, we cannot build back better without tuition-free community college. The America’s College Promise proposal will help millions of students earn career credentials and Associate’s Degrees to rise into the middle class, and propel our country forward. We urge you not to consider any reconciliation bill that leaves community college students behind.”

Read the full letter below: