Listen to these ideas in more detail now!

Posted by Maica Pichler on March 11, 2015 at 1:27 PM

At the Campaign for Free College Tuition, we believe that the debate about college affordability shouldn’t be taking place behind closed doors. CFCT and our members care deeply about our nation’s direction, and that’s why on the evening of March 3, 2015, we hosted a conference call with President Obama's free community college point person, Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell, our very own Morley Winograd, CFCT President and former senior policy advisor to Vice President Gore, and supporters to discuss how we must ensure free college education for all Americans.

To listen to the conference call, click here!

The call was a chance to get first-hand information from an Administration insider, discuss what’s already happening across the country to make college more affordable, and how America can work together to reach CFCT's goal of free undergraduate college tuition in all 50 states.

The conference call was a great success, and the highlight for us was the interactive #CFCTcall Q&A. One of CFCT’s top priorities is making sure all voices are heard in the discussion of college affordability, and by taking audience questions, we got a glimpse into what drives you--some of the most engaged advocates around the country!

Unfortunately, we did not get a chance to answer all of the questions during the call, but we wanted to make sure to get back to you. Here are some questions that were left over from the call:


#CFCTcall Q&A

Q from Scholarship America (‏@ScholAmerica): Scholarship America helps low-to-moderate income students graduate. How does the President’s plan help this group?

Q from Scholarship America (‏@ScholAmerica): What role do you see the private sector playing to bring to life the idea & importance of free community college?

Q from Lachaka Askew: What is the long term cost of this program? In other words, have much will it cost the government in ten years?

Q from Lynn S Kahn: 1) What is the total US Department of Education allocated toward tuition at two and four year public colleges? 2) What programs with proven results does the Department consider best practices?

Q from Nicholas Marritz: Education is a public good. Why do we saddle our children with mortgage-sized debt? All other developed nations have free tuition. Why do we charge $120,000?

Q from Natalia Abrams: How would the free community college proposal impact pell grants?

Q from Bob Samuels: Many community colleges are under funded and staffed by low paid part-time faculty, how will the President's plan deal with this?

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.