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Tuition-Free College Update as States Rebound from COVID-19

Posted by Campaign for Free College Tuition on April 14, 2021 at 8:11 AM

As state economies rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are pleased to report that there has been considerable recent activity to enact or expand state programs that make public colleges tuition-free. The programs detailed below, in most instances, enjoyed bipartisan support and were the product of strong gubernatorial leadership.

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Demonstrating the Demand for Free College Tuition

Posted by Doug Ross on February 19, 2021 at 11:40 AM

As one of the founders of the Campaign for Free College Tuition in 2013, I argued strongly that historical inevitability and economic necessity were reasons enough to engage in what at the time seemed like a long-shot cause. But along with the other founders, I knew that whenever the American economy had undergone fundamental change, the nation had responded by expanding and refashioning the public education system to meet the new demands of the workplace.

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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 December 10, 2020 at 7:00 AM

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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Tuition-Free College is Critical to Our Economic Recovery

Posted by Morley Winograd and Max Lubin on November 10, 2020 at 9:00 AM

To rebuild America’s economy in a way that offers everyone an equal chance to get ahead, federal support for free college tuition should be a priority in any economic recovery plan in 2021.

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Getting America Back to Work

Posted by Carlos Cortez on October 19, 2020 at 1:40 PM

A Case for the Expansion of Intensive Career Training Programs and Free College Tuition for Adult Learners

As of May 28, 36.5 million Americans filed unemployment insurance, a number far worse than the 2.7 million claims most economists were expecting and predicting.

The U.S. Department of Labor reported a loss of 20.5 million jobs in April 2020, which increased the unemployment rate to 14.7%, setting new Post-World War II records.

 

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It Is Time to Reconnect America

Posted by Morley Winograd on July 30, 2020 at 2:07 PM

Plummeting state revenue streams due to the Coronavirus pandemic will undoubtably impact some of the state programs that make public college tuition-free. The popularity and effectiveness of such programs will however allow most to survive in one form or another depending on the nature of any federal help that is offered. But Congress and other federal policy makers can make a difference right now by partnering with states to provide free college tuition to adults as part of any plan to jumpstart our nation’s economic recovery.

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America’s Talent Search

Posted by Jack MacKenzie on July 13, 2020 at 2:26 PM

In Michigan, they refer to it as 60 by 30.

Ohio has established a 65 by 25 goal.

North Carolina has a 55 by 25 goal.

In Washington, it’s 70 by 2023.

Many states have stated goals for educational attainment among their adult population.

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NEWLY REVISED & RELEASED: CFCT Candidate Guide Book!

Posted by Morley Winograd on April 02, 2020 at 10:52 AM

The Campaign for Free College Tuition realizes that now is a time when elected officials and future candidates are focused on ensuring the safety and health of their families and their supporters. That is as it should be. But we also know that the country will get through this current crisis and will be looking for leaders with good ideas on how to help people rebuild their lives when the crisis eases.

In anticipation of that happening, hopefully sooner rather than later, we just released our candidate guidebook, Free Tuition for the Win: How Candidates Can Run and Win on Free College Tuition in 2020.

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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.

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