Public Colleges & Universities should be tuition free.

Our Momentum


States will continue to play an important role in eliminating cost as a barrier to attaining postsecondary education. Since 2014, both Tennessee and Oregon have enacted promise program that make their respective state’s two-year colleges tuition-free for most high school graduates. Kentucky is expected to implement a similar program for the 2017-2018 school year. Michigan, and more recently California, have enacted laws that incent local promise programs.

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There are also several states that have generous merit- and/or need-based state scholarships that make college nearly or fully tuition-free for some residents. Please click on the links contained in the map for additional information about these programs and to learn about other state efforts to make college tuition free.

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About the Campaign

The Campaign for Free College Tuition (CFCT) is a bi-partisan, inter-generational coalition of individuals and groups who believe today’s economy requires the country to make higher education affordable for everyone if we are going to have a workforce with the skills needed for us to compete in the global marketplace. Established as a 501c3 non-profit in 2014, CFCT has been at the forefront of the free college tuition movement since its inception.

But our work has just begun. We need your help to make free college tuition a reality for you and your family. It can be done. It should be done. And with your help, it will be done.


Promise Programs

Promise Programs

Promise Programs are place-based scholarship programs that make college tuition free for at least one college. While all require residency and a high school diploma, some have additional eligibility criteria – such as a minimum GPA.

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Policy Resource Center

Policy Resource Center

The Policy Research Center features research on state and community initiatives to address the problem of college affordability. Strategies that help students enroll and succeed in college are highlighted under Summits on College Affordability.

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We can't do this alone!

Our goal is to make higher education a possibility for every American, without regard to their financial circumstances.

We have a lot to do and not much time to do it, so your support is critical for our campaign to succeed. It’s with your investment that we can fundamentally reform how higher education is financed in this country, opening the doors to a more equitable society.

If you agree with our goal, our plan, and the urgency of the problem, we ask that you give what you can to help us write the next chapter in our nation’s history of continuously expanding access to universal, free education.

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.