Public Colleges & Universities should be tuition free.

Our Momentum


As of today, over half of the states on our momentum map are green! This unprecedented level of activity makes it clear that free college is gaining strong momentum as a smart bipartisan policy that works to improve educational opportunity and enjoys broad bipartisan support.

To get more information about an individual state’s program, just click on it on our interactive map. For more detailed information, check out our newly revised briefing book.

Map Legend

Statewide free college tuition program enacted with few eligibility limits.
State sponsored free college tuition programs with income, merit, geographical or programmatic limitations.
This state does not have a statewide free college tuition program that meets CFCT's recognition criteria.

How To Turn Your State Green  



Renowned economist Dr. Robert Shapiro finds that President Biden's free college tuition program will significantly improve the nation's post-pandemic economic recovery. The research shows that under the Biden plan, nearly 2 million more students would enroll and GDP would rise by $139 billion! Read the full report >>

2022 Candidate Guide Book

Our Candidate Guidebook is a report for candidates running for state elected office by The Campaign for Free College Tuition. In our research, we solicited the input and feedback of candidates, campaign managers, experts in higher education policy, students, and more.

What's in this report?

  • DIY: How to build and present a plan for free tuition for your state in your campaign.
  • Exclusive Polling Research: 78 percent of Americans support free college tuition.
  • Testimonials: State elected officials from around the country who have run and won on free college tuition.
  • Answers to Tough Questions: Why should tuition be free and who will pay for it?

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.


The Campaign for Free College Tuition is pleased to release their new resource, Invest In Your State's Future Now: A State Leader's Guidebook For Making Public Colleges Tuition Free.

Thanks to the American Rescue Plan Act approved by Congress, as well as rebounding state revenue streams, free college tuition is a policy every state can afford to undertake.

This report is written for state policy makers, including executive and legislative elected officials and their staff. In drafting the document, we solicited input and feedback from people in those positions who had successfully enacted free college tuition plans in their state as well as experts in higher education policy from around the country. Using this guidebook, we can get closer to making free college tuition a reality in all 50 states.

About the Campaign

The Campaign for Free College Tuition (CFCT) is a non-profit bi-partisan 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.


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.