Policy Resource Center

We believe college tuition should and can be free, just as it is in increasing numbers of states and communities across the country. 
Here's how we'll get it done.

Briefing Book

The Campaign for Free College Tuition is happy to provide you with Making Public Colleges Tuition Free: A Briefing Book for State Leaders.

We have designed the briefing book to help state policymakers think through the elements of making college tuition free. Accordingly, it contains advice on funding, building support, drafting policy, and many proven examples of successful programs. Throughout the briefing book CFCT outlines different provisions we believe will produce a return on a state’s investment, which more than justify the establishment of such programs.

This document, however, does not suggest there is only one path states must follow to make their colleges tuition free.

Latest Polling

SUPPORT FOR FREE COLLEGE TUITION CONTINUES TO RISE AMONG ALL DEMOGRAPHICS. CHECK OUT OUR LATEST POLLING.

 

The latest results from the Campaign for Free College Tuition’s exclusive quarterly survey of national attitudes are in! Starting shortly after the 2016 election and as late as September of this year, 800 - 1000 adult Americans were asked if they strongly supported, somewhat supported, somewhat opposed, or strongly opposed the idea of state (or the federal government) providing free tuition at their colleges or universities for anyone who was academically qualified. In the most recent polling strong support for state programs rose to a high-water mark of 47% -- up 12% since CFCT started national polling in December 2016. Combining results from those who Strongly or Somewhat support the idea, 78% of the public now approves of the idea of free college tuition, also the highest level since CFCT polling began.

 

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Featured Research

How Expensive Is Free College for States?

The Campaign for Free College Tuition released a report detailing the estimated cost to each state of making their public colleges and universities tuition free. The research authored by Mark Schneider, Vice President and Institute Fellow at the American Institute for Research (AIR) and made possible by a generous grant from the ECMC Foundation, establishes a baseline for state policymakers to discuss appropriations and the eventual return that they might expect on such an investment.

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A Promise Program Can’t Stand Alone

Dr. Michelle Miller-Adams, from the W. E. Upjohn Research Institute and Grand Valley State College and Jennifer Iriti, from the Evaluation for Learning Group at the University of Pittsburgh, have compiled extensive research on the impact of Promise Programs on educational performance at all levels and on economic development in the communities that have started such programs.

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The Case for Free Public Higher Education

Based on her research, Sara Goldrick Rab, Professor of Higher Education Policy and Sociology at Temple University, declared there is “no single higher education policy that fixes all problems, but free college fixes more with one single policy reform than any other.

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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.

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