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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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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