Policy Resource Center

We believe college tuition should and can be free, just as it is in increasing numbers of states and communities across the country. 
Here's how we'll get it done.

Briefing Book

The Campaign for Free College Tuition is happy to provide you with Making Public Colleges Tuition Free: A Briefing Book for State Leaders.

We have designed the briefing book to help state policymakers think through the elements of making college tuition free. Accordingly, it contains advice on funding, building support, drafting policy, and many proven examples of successful programs. Throughout the briefing book CFCT outlines different provisions we believe will produce a return on a state’s investment, which more than justify the establishment of such programs.

This document, however, does not suggest there is only one path states must follow to make their colleges tuition free.

Latest Polling



The latest results from the Campaign for Free College Tuition’s exclusive quarterly survey of national attitudes are in! Starting shortly after the 2016 election and as late as September of 2020, 800 - 1000 adult Americans were asked if they strongly supported, somewhat supported, somewhat opposed, or strongly opposed the idea of their state (or the federal government) providing free tuition at their colleges or universities for anyone who was academically qualified. Free college tuition continues to enjoy wide, bipartisan support, a rarity for most issues in our highly polarized political environment. In September’s poll, 90 percent of Democrats, 63 percent of Republicans and 74 percent of Independents support their state providing free college tuition to academically qualified students.


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Candidate Guide Book: Free Tuition for the Win

Free Tuition for the Win is a report for candidates running for state elected office by The Campaign for Free College Tuition. In our research, we solicited the input and feedback of candidates, campaign managers, experts in higher education policy, students, and more.

What's in this report?

  • DIY: How to build and present a plan for free tuition for your state in your campaign.
  • Exclusive Polling Research: More than 75 percent of Americans support free college tuition.
  • Testimonials: State elected officials from around the country who have run and won on free college tuition.
  • Answers to Tough Questions: Why should tuition be free and who will pay for it?



You Won! Now What? Tool Kit

You Won! Now What? is a tool kit is designed by The Campaign for Free College Tuition, and Rise, Inc. to help legislators and executive branch officials begin 2019 with a thorough and actionable strategy for building or expanding a free college tuition program in their state.

Often, governance is framed as a tradeoff between doing politically expedient things and “doing the right thing.” The good news is that elected officials working on free college tuition do not have to choose.

In the tool kit, you will find a framework and resources for setting the agenda and building an advocacy program that will deliver real results. Additionally, you will find tactics for overcoming obstacles that may arise along with suggestions that will make your free tuition program sustainable.

Featured Research

How Expensive Is Free College for States?

The Campaign for Free College Tuition released a report detailing the estimated cost to each state of making their public colleges and universities tuition free. The research authored by Mark Schneider, Vice President and Institute Fellow at the American Institute for Research (AIR) and made possible by a generous grant from the ECMC Foundation, establishes a baseline for state policymakers to discuss appropriations and the eventual return that they might expect on such an investment.

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A Promise Program Can’t Stand Alone

Dr. Michelle Miller-Adams, from the W. E. Upjohn Research Institute and Grand Valley State College and Jennifer Iriti, from the Evaluation for Learning Group at the University of Pittsburgh, have compiled extensive research on the impact of Promise Programs on educational performance at all levels and on economic development in the communities that have started such programs.

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The Case for Free Public Higher Education

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.

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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.