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New Analysis Finds Biden Free Tuition Plan Would Help Jumpstart Economy

Posted by Campaign for Free College Tuition on January 19, 2021 at 2:49 PM

A new analysis conducted by renowned economist Dr. Robert Shapiro finds that President Biden’s free college tuition program will significantly improve the nation’s post-pandemic economic recovery. President Biden plans to eliminate tuition and academic fees for all community college students, and for in-state students from families earning up to $125,000 who attend four-year public colleges and universities. The research shows that under the Biden plan, nearly 2 million more students would enroll, graduation rates would rise substantially, and students and their families would gain $61 billion in annual disposable income.

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Free College Tuition Programs Dramatically Increase Black and Hispanic Enrollment

Posted by Denisa Gándara and Amy Li on September 15, 2020 at 4:18 PM

Promise programs, or “free” college programs that cover tuition and fees for students attending college in a specific geographic area, are becoming increasingly popular. The College Promise Campaign estimates over 350 programs nationally. We conducted two studies of 33 Promise programs that each provide tuition benefits at a single community college and analyzed enrollment effects.

In our first study, which is part of an edited volume on Promise programs, we explored changes in total first-time, full-time students in response to programs, observing years 1998-99 to 2015-16. Compared to nearby colleges without a Promise program, colleges with a Promise program saw, on average, an enrollment increase of 22%. For the average college, this increase was equivalent to an additional 180 students during the years after a program began. On average, total enrollment increased 3% each year, resulting in 25 additional students annually.

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The Case for Free Public Higher Education

Posted by Maica Pichler on September 01, 2016 at 12:33 PM

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.” Read why: 

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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.