In communities around the country, free college tuition is already a reality.

From Kalamazoo to Nashville, students are going to college without the burden of debt thanks to “Promise” programs.

Check out the full audio of Under Secretary of Education, Ted Mitchell and CFCT President Morley Winograd's answering your questions about President Obama's proposal to make college tuition free across the country! 

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Making College Tuition Free Around the Country

The Promise movement started in 2005 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, when a generous but anonymous gift allowed the city to promise free college tuition at any Michigan institution of higher education to graduates of the city’s public schools. Since then, the idea has expanded to communities across the country.

Where Promise programs are not yet a reality, many organizations are working to expand college access across the country. As a result of their work, more and more people care deeply about this cause. Take a look at what’s happening near you.


Location of a scholarship or promise program where college tuition is free for most

Location of a scholarship or promise program with some caveats or restrictions based on income or GPA

Promise proposal under consideration. Let us know about new Promise Program proposals in your community!

How you can get involved


We believe college tuition should and can be free, just as it is in increasing numbers of communities across the country and for associate degree students in the State of Tennessee.

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If you agree that free college tuition is essential for removing cost as a barrier to college, make your voice heard. Click here to check out several organizations doing innovative work around the country to make college more accessible and more affordable.

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Our Plan to Make College Tuition Free

  • 1 Create National Promise Scholarships
  • 2 Loan Reform: Expand Opportunity
  • 3 State Actions: Change Funding Formulas
  • 4 Early Promise: Mentoring Students and Providing Incentives
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  • We wanted a free college revolution and we may be on track to getting one in 2016

    August 19, 2015

    Our cause is gaining momentum: the free college tuition movement has taken the media by storm!

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  • Executive Director of the Kalamazoo Promise Sets Record Straight

    August 12, 2015

    Richard Reeves, senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institute, recently took time out of his studies on economic mobility to pen an editorial lambasting the Kalamazoo Promise because “free college doesn’t fix everything.” His commentary was so wrong and uninformed that Bob Jorth, Executive Director of the Kalamazoo Promise felt compelled to respond. His response unfortunately didn’t get the same coverage, but it was so well done that we felt all of our followers who might have been equally outraged by the Reeves hit piece should have a chance to read it in full. All we can say is, Bob, thanks for putting the record straight and Mr. Reeves in his place.

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  • Cutting the Costs of College; A Talk with Ted Mitchell

    July 29, 2015

    Check out the full audio of Under Secretary of Education, Ted Mitchell and CFCT President Morley Winograd on President Obama's proposal to make college tuition free across the country!"

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  • How You Can Join the Tuition-Free Movement

    July 16, 2015

    It has been just over a year since CFCT launched, and every day since, you’ve joined us in our dedication to making college tuition free in all fifty states. Since then, the notion of free college has gone from a crazy idea to the center of debate in the initial stages of this year’s presidential campaign. But there’s still so much more to be done.

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Campaign for Free College Tuition

The Campaign for Free College Tuition is a 501(c)3 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 CFCT’s educational outreach activities are made possible through generous individual and foundation support.

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