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.


How the Tennessee Promise may serve as a blueprint for other states.

Tennessee Promise: A Brief History

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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.

How you can get involved

Policy

Initiatives to make college tuition free are gaining momentum across the country. Ours was a carefully crafted effort that brought together some of the brightest thinkers in higher education policy. Learn more about our plan’s roots and help us spread the word.

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Organizing

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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  • Tennessee's Task: Turn "Free Community College" From a Rallying Cry to Success

    February 27, 2015

    This is an excerpt from a post by Eric Kelderman and The Chronicle of Higher Education. Read the full story here. Amanda Raven Smith wants to go to college. But she doesn’t want to have the same experience as her father, who spent decades paying off student loans for a degree he couldn’t afford to finish.

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  • How to Make College Truly Affordable

    February 09, 2015

    President Obama’s plan to make the first two years of community college free is a great first step in the larger movement to increase college access, affordability, and quality. The president’s initiative will help to decrease the net cost of higher education for millions of students, and even if it does not get the support of Congress, the plan has already changed the public conversation about the future of higher education in the United States.

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  • Free College Summit 2015

    February 06, 2015

    On a snowy day in late January, higher education community leaders, millennial group representatives and others committed to making college tuition free, convened in Washington, DC, for the Campaign for Free College Tuition’s first ever Free College Summit.

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  • Tennessee Promise: A Brief History

    February 05, 2015

    How the Tennessee Promise may serve as a blueprint for other states.

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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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