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From Zero to Thirteen in Just Five Years

Posted by Morley winograd on August 27, 2019 at 6:00 AM

The mission of the Campaign for Free College Tuition is to make two- and four-year public colleges tuition free in all 50 states. Since we started the organization five years ago, we have experienced increasing momentum across the country toward that goal, particularly with regard to community colleges. Today, twenty-one states have some type of free college tuition program, thirteen of which are sufficiently robust to be checked off as milestone achievements on our way to our celebration of mission accomplished.

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Announcing CFCT's New Advisory Council

Posted by Morley winograd on August 07, 2019 at 2:31 PM

Those of us who were present at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. in 2014 when we first announced our campaign to make college tuition free in all 50 states are constantly amazed at how much we have accomplished in such a short time. The idea of making public colleges tuition free has gone from what was considered a crazy idea back then to one that has been enacted into law in red, blue, and purple states in every part of the county.

 

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Frank News Interviews CFCT About Free College Tuition

Posted by Morley winograd on June 07, 2019 at 1:29 PM

In Conversation with Morley Winograd and Jack MacKenzie

Recently CFCT president, Morley Winograd, and Executive Vice President of PSB Research Jack MacKenzie, sat down to talk about the Campaign for Free College Tuition with Frank News, a website that focused all of its May coverage on the issue of free college tuition. The in-depth, 60 Minutes style interview provided an opportunity to talk not only about why momentum for free college tuition continues to build in states across the country but how essential accomplishing our mission is in addressing economic inequality in American and strengthening our democracy.

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MSNBC Features Tennesse Promise

Posted by Maica Pichler on May 29, 2019 at 4:27 AM

Could TN's free college plan be a model for the rest of the country?

MSNBC recently featured the positive impact of the Tennesse Promise, a free college tuition program with strong bipartisan support.

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More Momentum to Celebrate: West Virginia

Posted by Morley winograd on March 27, 2019 at 4:58 AM

Momentum for states to make their public colleges tuition free continues to build. Just this week, Governor Jim Justice of West Virginia (R) made his state the 12th to join the bandwagon. He signed SB 1 that creates the WV Invests Grant program that makes community colleges tuition free for students pursing the type of jobs the state needs most.

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Free College Courses for Credit: Now a Reality

Posted by Steve Klinsky on March 07, 2019 at 8:50 AM

CFCT is always looking for innovative ideas to make college tuition free. While we are not affiliated with the Modern States philanthropy and are not endorsing its solution to the challenge, we do think our readers should be aware of its existence.

 

Free College Courses for Credit: Now a Reality  

By Steve Klinsky

 

Nobody should be denied a college education for lack of money. However, as evidenced by student debt exceeding $1.5 trillion, college affordability is a major issue for students and their families.

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States Can’t Afford NOT to Make Their Colleges Tuition Free

Posted by Morley winograd on February 21, 2019 at 10:50 AM

Momentum is building in states across the country to make more of their higher education system tuition free. As candidates and Congress at the national level bemoan growing economic inequality, Governors and state legislative leaders are enacting into law the one policy initiative that has proven to increase economic mobility for those in the middle class and those struggling to get in. Now, new research helps quantify the economic benefit students in those states that choose to undertake this initiative can expect to receive in additional income, for both them and their state government.

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Why Completing the FAFSA Is an Important First Step to College Access

Posted by Matt Lenhard on January 31, 2019 at 12:33 PM

 

A college education can set you up for a bright future, increased earnings, and a fulfilling career, but it will be one of the most expensive purchases you’ll ever make. To make it work for you financially, you need to think strategically. This game of chess you’re playing has the potential to save you a small fortune if you play correctly.

Most students will need some sort of financial aid to be able to afford college. The first step they should take is filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as the FAFSA. This may be your best bet for securing financial aid, even if you think your family will make too much money to get any aid.

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The Promises of Kalamazoo

Posted by Dr. Rick Cole on November 09, 2018 at 9:59 AM

There seems, at times, to be no shortage of perceived obstructions to reaching the goal of universal free public-university education in America. From my perspective, among the most difficult obstructions to confront is covert opinion that higher education primarily serves a private, not a public, purpose.  From this private-interest notion flows the argument, and the public policy to enforce it, that since the ultimate beneficiary of education is the student the student should bear its cost through increased and increasingly burdensome tuition.

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Free College Tuition Rises to Top of Higher Ed Policy Ideas

Posted by Morley winograd on October 02, 2018 at 12:51 PM

As midterm elections bring a heightened focus on politics across the country, the idea of making college tuition free continues to gain support, generating even more pointed push back from those wedded to the status quo. So, we thought you might like a quick update on some recent coverage that caught our eyes.

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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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