Mission

We are students fighting for free college. As tuition hikes, campus hunger and homelessness, and overwhelming student loan debt put higher education out of reach, we are leading a movement to put college within reach for all.

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1,200 percent

increase in the cost of tuition in a generation

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Fight for Free College

Our grassroots campaign is led by students and supporters like you. With your help, we can make California a state where hard work and talent -- not income or wealth -- determines your success in college and beyond.

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$1.5 Trillion

in student loan debt nationwide.

  • “The cost of college has made me more money conscious. I try my best not to buy anything I feel I don’t really need, even down to food.” - Forest Hill, Eastern Michigan University .🎓
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. “I’m a freshman at Eastern Michigan University, studying Psychology. Although I did receive the Emerald Scholarship, an award given out by the university, I’m still taking out student loans and have to pursue working while having a full class load. 
Before starting college, I planned on paying for college with the money I earned from the military. Despite this, I’m still required to work during school to pay for tuition. I work a job in retail. It has affected me daily, especially in my first semester as I had a very rough time balancing work and study. Additionally, the cost of college has made me more money conscious. I try my best not to buy anything I feel I don’t really need, even down to food.” - Forest Hill, Eastern Michigan University 🎓. #College #Students #Politics #FreeCollege #FreeCollegeTuition #StudentDebt #Advocacy #michigan #Rise #RiseFree #studentsmatter #studentsvoice #freecollegetuition #collegeforall #collegelife #highered #studentdebt
  • Happy Birthday to our co-founder @maxslubin 🎂🎈Thank you for all that you do for this team ✨💫
  • “I am a 27 year-old, single mother. It’s hard to pay for school and balance life when I don’t have any support.” -Chakya McIntosh, Grand Rapids Community College .
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. “I am a 27 year-old, single mother. It’s hard to pay for school and balance life when I don’t have any support. My dad is incarcerated and my mom passed away. 
I would love for my loved ones and individuals in my community to have the opportunity to pursue an education. College has made me a better person and has given me many skills. By me being more educated every semester, I see my decisions changing in my everyday life.” - Chakya McIntosh, Grand Rapids Community College 
#College #Students #Politics #FreeCollege #FreeCollegeTuition #StudentDebt #Advocacy #Michigan #Rise #RiseFree #studentsmatter #studentsvoice #freecollegetuition #collegeforall #collegelife #highered #studentdebt
  • Hello Rise friends and supporters! We are so excited to share that we have submitted a proposal to the @LA2050 grants challenge. Rise is committed to making LA the best place to LEARN by eradicating college student homelessness and hunger - but we need your help!
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Public voting begins Monday, April 22 and ends Monday, April 29.
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Your vote will allow us to put our plan into action to ensure that no college student has to choose between their degree or their next meal. Stay tuned for more details and get ready to vote on April 22 y'all!

#MYLA2050GRANTSCHALLENGE
#LA2050
#BetterLA
#CollegeForAll
#StudentsMatter
#RiseFree
  • “I’m the first college student and high school graduate in my family. Coming from a low- income household with Mexican immigrant parents, it’s hard to come up with the money for tuition.” - Amanda, UC Merced
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. “I’m the first college student and high school graduate in my family. Coming from a low- income household with Mexican immigrant parents, it’s hard to come up with the money for tuition. This leaves me with two options: either drop out or take on debt. I struggle to make ends meet every semester. I love RISE’s mission because if we were offered free tuition, it would be easier for me study stress-free and focus more.“ - Amanda, UC Merced

#College #Students #Politics #FreeCollege #FreeCollegeTuition #StudentDebt #Advocacy #California #Rise #RiseFree #studentsmatter #studentsvoice #freecollegetuition #collegeforall #california #collegelife #highered #studentdebt
  • Normalize talking about your mental health 🌱💚 || More than 25% of college students have been diagnosed or treated by a professional for a mental health condition within the past year. ~~ Take a moment for yourself. Take a minute for those around you. 💙 #selfcaresunday
  • 💡Friends! We had to change the date of our spring Camp Rise! || RSVP in bio🔍
  • #TB to our amazing Michigan organizers’ first event💫 Students everywhere are working hard to bring back free college 💥🎓
  • “My second year my financial aid was decreased which meant I had to stop helping my family with bills to pay my tuition.” - Jose, Cal State Los Angeles .
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“I decided to go to college because I wanted to be a role model for my siblings. I know I won’t get a well-paying job without a degree. My first year my financial aid covered everything except five hundred dollars. I was able to cover it with my part-time job. My financial aid was decreased during  my second year of college. I had to stop helping my family with bills in order to pay my tuition. I’m grateful for the opportunity to attend university, but I worry about how much debt I will have once I graduate.” - Jose, Cal State Los Angeles 
#College #Students #Politics #FreeCollege #FreeCollegeTuition #StudentDebt #Advocacy #California #Rise #RiseFree #studentsmatter #studentsvoice #freecollegetuition #collegeforall #california #collegelife #highered #studentdebt
  • Have you heard about bills SB 291 and AB 2? They are helping make college more affordable for community college students. 💫

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States Are Spending Less On Higher Education Than Before the Recession