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.

"When my parents realized our family would no longer have to sacrifice as much for me to go to college, they were elated."

David Mann, Kalamazoo Promise Recipient

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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


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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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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    November 19, 2014

    NEW HAVEN, CT – Today, the Campaign for Free College Tuition (CFCT) -- launched with a mission to make public colleges and universities tuition free in all fifty states. Formerly known as Redeeming America’s Promise, CFCT will support and advance state and community programs, as well as a federal plan, providing a tuition free college education to students across the country.

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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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