Making Public Colleges Tuition Free: A Workshop for State Leaders


May 10, 2017

6:30 p.m. - Dinner 

May 11, 2017

8:00 a.m. - Breakfast

8:30 a.m. - Workshop Begins

12:30 p.m. - Lunch

3:30 p.m. - Workshop Adjourns



Warwick Denver Hotel

1776 Grant Street

Denver, CO 80203

Phone: 303-861-2000



Contact Brian Newman at or by phone at 202-491-5254


The Campaign for Free College Tuition (CFCT) invites you to a workshop for state leaders on making public colleges tuition free. The event will be held at the Warwick Denver Hotel in Denver, Colorado on May 10 and 11, 2017.

The Workshop will feature remarks by former Wyoming Governor Jim Geringer, California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley, and Kim Hunter Reed, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education.  Representatives from Education Commission of the States, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Governors Association, and the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO), as well as senior officials from Governors’ offices and/or state agencies in Oregon, Rhode Island and Tennessee will also be presenting.

Agenda topics will include:

  • The New Economic Reality: Why States Need to Assure Higher Education Degree/Certificate Attainment;
  • What’s in Your Promise: Promise Policy Options and Implementation Considerations;
  • Building Political Support for Promise Programs featuring CFCT’s exclusive polling;
  • Funding and Sustaining Promise Programs; and
  • Putting It All Together: A Three Step Process for Designing a State Promise program.

Invitations to the Workshop are non-transferable. However, if you wish for a colleague or staff member to participate in your place, please email Brian Newman at to arrange an invitation on a space-available basis.

There is no registration fee for individuals directly invited by CFCT to attend the Workshop.  For out-of-town attendees, we have arranged a block of hotel rooms at the Warwick Denver Hotel. Please contact the hotel directly by April 17, 2017 at 1-800-525-2888 or 303-861-2001 and mention that you will be attending the Campaign for Free College Tuition meeting to secure your accommodations at a discounted rate of $179 (plus tax) per night.

We look forward to seeing you in Denver.


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.