Student Aid is No Substitute for Free College Tuition

Posted by Maica Pichler on April 26, 2016 at 7:30 AM

There are lots of people invested in today’s higher education system who insist that the rising price of tuition is a problem only for the nation’s poorest families. They argue sincerely and with great passion that increased money for students from low income families for both tuition and the other costs of attending college will solve the increasing inequality of higher education opportunity in America.

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Promise Programs Aren't Just About the Money

Posted by Maica Pichler on March 22, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Free college tuition, an issue that was not even on the radar four years ago, is now being implemented across our country (TN, OR, more than 40 local communities).  These are the “early adopters” that are confident such programs will produce incredibly important results--more skilled workers who are able to get on the ladder to economic success, more tax revenue for and less spending by state and local governments, reduced wage inequality—in which both the psychological and financial upfront costs are more than balanced by the outcomes.


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Tuition on the Campaign Trail

Posted by Maica Pichler on March 17, 2016 at 8:49 AM

As the primaries continue and the general election gets closer, free college tuition is a front burner issue on the debate and campaign stage, but there are clear contrasts in the way the issue is being framed nationally.

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Why College Should be Tuition-Free

Posted by Maica Pichler on February 18, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Two of our nation’s most elite universities – Harvard and Stanford –have garnered recent media attention as they take steps to use their massive endowments to make college tuition free for most students.  While these efforts to provide free tuition are praiseworthy, this ought to be the rule for all post-secondary education, from welding school to MIT. 


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Legislators Urged to Make California’s Community Colleges Tuition Free

Posted by Maica Pichler on February 03, 2016 at 2:00 PM



Legislators Urged to Make California’s

Community Colleges Tuition Free
CFCT President Testifies before California Senate Subcommittee

SACRAMENTO, CA – Campaign for Free College Tuition President Morley Winograd urged legislators to make California’s community colleges tuition-free.  In testimony before the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education, Winograd stated “I firmly believe -- given the data from Kalamazoo, Tennessee and other promise programs -- that when going to college isn't about income and where you come from, we see attitudes change. It is the single most important thing that we can do, from a public policy perspective, to improve people's lives.”


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A Promising Start in the Bay Area

Posted by Maica Pichler on January 28, 2016 at 11:40 AM

Today, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and Oakland Superintendent Antwan Wilson, were joined by dignitaries from across California and the country to launch one of the most ambitious and comprehensive cradle-to-career initiatives in the nation. The Oakland Promise is a cross-sector collaborative initiative designed to ensure that all Oakland students graduate high school with the expectations, resources, and skills to complete college and be successful in a career of their choice. One of the reasons that U.S. Department of Education Under Secretary Ted Mitchell, California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, University of California President Janet Napolitano, and our own President, Morley Winograd, attended the announcement is the scope and ambition of the Oakland Promise.

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The Power of a Promise

Posted by Maica Pichler on January 21, 2016 at 9:23 AM

Average yearly tuition at a four-year college has risen to over $21,000 a year. Public college tuition rates have spiked to an average of almost $8,000 a year for in-state students. Americans owe more money on their student loans than they do on all the cars on the road today.

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Anniversary of America's College Promise

Posted by Maica Pichler on January 13, 2016 at 8:22 AM

One year ago, on January 9, President Obama joined Republican Governor Bill Haslam in Tennessee to announce the American College Promise that would make the nation’s community colleges tuition free. It was a triumphal moment for our efforts to make college tuition free, coming less than a year after we launched our Campaign for Free College Tuition.  Since the President’s announcement, we have continued to promote the idea of free college tuition in forums across the country, often with the support and presence of Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell.  

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A Very Productive Year

Posted by Maica Pichler on December 18, 2015 at 10:55 AM

Just six months after the launch of the Campaign for Free College Tuition (CFCT), President Barack Obama announced on January 9, 2015 his America’s College Promise proposal to make public community colleges tuition-fee in Knoxville, Tennessee with the state’s Republican Governor, Bill Haslam.  At the time, we stated, “President Obama has sent a powerful signal in choosing to announce his proposal in Knoxville, with Governor Bill Haslam...Thanks to his leadership [with the Tennessee Promise] and the President’s, the once seemingly unattainable idea of tuition-free college is gaining broad bipartisan support.”

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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.