Planning for Free College Tuition: DC Summit Goals

Posted by Maica Pichler on September 15, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Our organization has a mission that is ambitious but simple: to make free college tuition a reality for Americans across all fifty states. To that end, supporters met in Washington, DC, on Friday, September 12, 2014, to map out an action plan.

Joining the meeting were the honorable James Blanchard, former governor of Michigan, Michael Castle, former governor of Delaware and Congressman, and advocates such as Cryn Johannsen, expert on the student loan crisis, and RAP President Morley Winograd, author of several ground-breaking books on the millennial generation.

At the meeting, we affirmed our commitment to three goals:

1. By 2018, a majority of Americans agree strongly with the idea that college tuition should be free.

2. By 2018, the federal government has implemented a process to enable interested states to make their public colleges tuition free.

3. By 2018, at least three states are implementing plans to make all of their institutions of higher education tuition free.

To accomplish these goals we plan to use all forms of media to mobilize supporters to demand free college tuition while using political networks to encourage the implementation of free college tuition plans. The non-profit plans to stay squarely in the middle of the public debate and to connect advocates, candidates, and community leaders to build a national movement on behalf of free college tuition.  

In the coming weeks, we will expand our work to include organizing on the state level - though it remains to be determined in which states we will begin work. Together, we can make the vision of free public college tuition a reality. If you also believe that every family should have the opportunity to live the American Dream, sign on to join today.

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.