Making Public Colleges Tuition Free: A Workshop for State Leaders


Friday, November 30, 2018

8:45 a.m. – Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30 a.m. - Workshop Begins
1:00 p.m.- Networking Luncheon
2:30 p.m. - Workshop Adjourns


Omni Providence Hotel
1 West Exchange Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 598-8000



Contact Brian Newman at [email protected] or by phone at 202-491-5254


The Campaign for Free College Tuition (CFCT) invites you to a workshop for state leaders on making public colleges tuition free. The event will be held at the Omni Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island on Friday, November 30, 2018.  The Workshop will feature keynote addresses from Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and Professor Sara Goldrick-Rab of Temple University’s HOPE Center.  Rhode Island Commissioner of Postsecondary Education Brenda Dann-Messier, Ed.D., Community College of Rhode Island President Meghan Hughes, and representatives from Tennessee, New Jersey, MDRC and CFCT are also scheduled to speak. 

Agenda topics will include:

  • Creating a Good Free College Tuition Program for Your State;
  • Promise Policy Options and Implementation Considerations: An interactive panel with gubernatorial staff, SHEEOs and state legislators; and
  • Building Political Support for Promise Programs featuring CFCT’s exclusive polling; and
  • Supporting Promise Students.

Invitations to the Workshop are non-transferable. However, if you wish for a colleague or staff member to participate in your place, please email Brian Newman at [email protected] to arrange an invitation on a space-available basis.

There is no registration fee for individuals  invited by CFCT to attend the Workshop.  For out-of-town attendees, we have arranged a block of hotel rooms at the Omni Providence Hotel. To secure a reservation, please contact the hotel directly by November15, 2018 at 402-952-6646 or by visiting the link below.     

If calling, please mention that you will be attending the Campaign for Free College Tuition State Leaders Workshop meeting to secure CFCT’s discounted rate of $149 (plus tax) per night.

We look forward to seeing you in Providence.


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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.