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National Attention Proves Boon to Free College Movement

Posted by Jack MacKenzie on November 06, 2019 at 11:35 AM

National Attention has Proven a Good Thing for the Free College Tuition Movement


As Democratic presidential hopefuls gathered across the country this summer and fall, the question of a national free college tuition program was debated early and often. The result was a strengthening of majority support among all ages, races, genders and most importantly, across the political spectrum. CFCT’s most recent polling also shows a consensus that students from various backgrounds, including adults, should benefit from such programs.


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Democratic Support of Free College is Extremely Strong

Posted by Morley Winograd on June 24, 2019 at 4:44 PM

The Campaign for Free College Tuition in partnership with PSB Research recently surveyed 1901 Americans – including 1146 self-identified Democrats and individuals who lean Democrat. The survey was fielded June 7-13, 2019. PSB weighed the overall sample to US Census for age, gender, and ethnicity. Key findings of interest can be found below.

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2020 Campaign Impacts on Free College Tuition

Posted by Morley Winograd on April 04, 2019 at 7:05 AM

Are 2020 Presidential Campaigns Impacting Public Opinion of Free College Tuition?

New CFCT Poll Reveals Unexpected Results for Millennial Americans


As 2020 Presidential campaigns begin in earnest, free college tuition retains majority support among all major age and political sub-groups. But, as new nationwide polling shows, Americans would prefer their state government, rather than Congress, create and implement programs making college tuition-free.

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New Poll: Bipartisanship Lives!

Posted by Jack MacKenzie on March 22, 2019 at 9:16 AM

Bipartisan. Seems almost like a quaint harkening to a prior time. Like drying clothes on the line or having an operator assist in making a long distance phone call.

In an era in which we constantly focus on that which separates us along political lines, there appears to be at least one issue that brings back the true meaning of the word bipartisan: free college.

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Support Grows & Solidifies After Election Day

Posted by Brian Newman on December 20, 2018 at 1:49 PM

In July, we reported that support for free college tuition for all those who are academically qualified was “remarkably stable,” despite the political turmoil the country has been experiencing at the national level.” Our November 2018 survey conducted right after Election Day not only confirms these findings, it indicates that overall support has grown and solidified.

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Support for Free College is Remarkably Stable

Posted by Morley Winograd on July 09, 2018 at 10:33 AM

The message from our latest survey of voters for policy makers considering making their state’s public colleges tuition free is simple: Make college tuition free for those who are academically capable as universally available as you can and don’t ask students to jump through too many hoops to gain this benefit that voters of all political persuasions support.

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Americans Overwhelmingly Embrace Free College Tuition's Promise of Economic Opportunity

Posted by Adam Gerchick on March 19, 2018 at 7:38 AM

In one of the most fractious and turbulent moments in America’s history, few issues inspire support across ideological and generational lines. But, as new nationwide polling shows, publicly funded free college tuition is one of those rare proposals that unites Americans — and retains that support.

National polling conducted in February by PSB Research for the Campaign for Free College Tuition reveals that fully 8 in 10 Americans (81%) want their state to provide free tuition to public colleges and universities to any academically qualified student.

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Free College Tuition is a Top Three Voter Priority

Posted by Jack MacKenzie on December 06, 2017 at 8:46 AM

Free College Tuition is one of Top Three Priorities for State Revenues Among All Voters

When it comes to supporting or opposing government policies the mantra of follow the money becomes clear. People reveal their priorities when they tell their governments how to spend their hard earned tax contributions.

Recently, the Campaign for Free College Tuition and PSB Research asked Americans to prioritize how their state tax dollars should be spent. Americans have a strong and consistent message to their state governments – make sure healthcare is available and make sure young Americans have the opportunity to get the education needed to be successful. In recent months we saw Americans rally on the healthcare issue. Now it appears the prospect of making 2 and 4 year colleges’ tuition free might just be the next government priority rallying cry.

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Support for Free College Tuition Continues to Rise

Posted by Morley Winograd on September 15, 2017 at 8:34 AM



Support for Free College Tuition Continues to Rise

State Programs Preferred by Most


A poll conducted earlier this month by PSB Research on behalf of the Campaign for Free College Tuition (CFCT) showed another significant jump in support for free college tuition programs for students who are academically qualified.  Strong Support for state programs rose to a high-water mark of 47% -- up 12% since CFCT started national polling in December 2016.  Combining results from those who Strongly or Somewhat support the idea, 78% of the public now approves of the idea of free college tuition, also the highest level since CFCT polling began.

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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.