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.

President Obama's America's College Promise proposal and CFCT's National Promise Scholarship plan are bold ideas on how to make this true for everyone in 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


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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  • Let the Sunshine In: It’s Time for States to Step Up their Support of Higher Education

    May 19, 2015

    The good news is that revenues for most state governments are rising as the economy continues to recover from the Great Recession. The bad news is that most state governments are not devoting enough of their increasing revenues to restoring the draconian cuts they made in their higher education budgets in 2008-09.

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  • CFCT Holds California Summit on College Affordability

    April 24, 2015

    When President Obama announced his proposal, America’s College Promise, to make community colleges in America tuition free, it spurred a renewed dialogue among policy makers, the higher education community, the business community and others on how to reform our higher education system to make it an engine for economic mobility and growth in the United States.

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  • An Update from CFCT

    April 01, 2015

    The Campaign for Free College Tuition’s (CFTC) recently held a very successful plenary meeting – and conference call for out-of-town participants – to consider the work of thetaskforces that were formed at the conclusion of our Free College Summit in January.

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  • NDN Joins CFCT’s Bipartisan Coalition

    March 12, 2015

    NDN, a leading think tank and advocacy organization based in Washington, DC, has joined CFCT’s bipartisan coalition to make college tuition free in all 50 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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