Free College Tuition Rises to Top of Higher Ed Policy Ideas

Posted by Morley Winograd on October 02, 2018 at 12:51 PM

As midterm elections bring a heightened focus on politics across the country, the idea of making college tuition free continues to gain support, generating even more pointed push back from those wedded to the status quo. So, we thought you might like a quick update on some recent coverage that caught our eyes.

Earlier this month, The Education Trust, a research and advocacy organization, published a report suggesting free college tuition programs are not helping to expand college opportunity for students from lower income families. In response, Sara Goldrick Rab, the Director of Temple University’s HOPE lab, and Michelle Miller Adams, who literally wrote the book on the Kalamazoo promise, penned an Op-Ed published in The Chronicle of Higher Education explicitly refuting The Education Trust’s findings.

Then Mike Krause, currently the Executive Director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, entered the debate with a brilliant Op-Ed published in Inside Higher Ed. He explained why state Promise programs are a unique and exceptionally powerful idea that are improving educational opportunity for the very student populations most in need of help.

Both articles are worth reading—and saving. Check them out here:


As that debate among policy wonks and practitioners was heating up, Inside Higher Ed published two articles (“Free College Realities” and “Free College Goes Mainstream”) highlighting that none of these debates have slowed down the momentum at the state level for making public colleges tuition-free. You will find CFCT quoted in both articles as the authoritative source on the progress being made across the country for our cause.

As we celebrate all of this progress we’d like to thank all our supporters for their ongoing efforts, which have helped create and grow this momentum. If you'd like to help grow our momentum further you can make a donation here >>

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