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 remake our higher education system into one 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.

  • We are so excited to officially welcome @marypathector to the Rise family! Mary-Pat is working as a Program Strategist on our student voting programs and the #RiseChallenge. Please join us giving her a warm welcome! She's a star🌟🌟🌟
  • The Students 4 Students Shelter is opening their second student shelter at USC 💫
  • 📢 LA Students: We are hiring!⠀
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  • “Being raised by a single mother in one of the most expensive, if not the most expensive, cities in the country came with its barriers, challenges, and struggles. But with the utmost support of my family, I’ve been able to push forward and stay focused.” - Rubina Karapetyan , UC Berkeley⠀
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“I’m fortunate enough to have earned a financial aid package that covers the majority of my tuition and costs at my school, UC Berkeley. I’ve always known what I’ve wanted for myself and have worked hard to achieve my goals. Being a lawyer and earning a stable income is where my sights have been set for as long as I can remember. Being raised by a single mother in one of the most expensive, if not the most expensive, cities in the country came with its barriers, challenges, and struggles. But with the utmost support of my family, I’ve been able to push forward and stay focused. Whatever the circumstances are, we all come from different places in life and need different things for ourselves to reach our full potential. Life is full of barriers that can hold us back. I’ve been lucky enough to have had what I needed to make my goals a reality. For so many others, higher education, without the financial burdens it comes with, could be what it takes for them to make their dreams a possibility." - Rubina Karapetyan , UC Berkeley⠀
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  • We are excited to share that LACC's ASG has endorsed our campaign to demand safe shelter for homeless students at LACC. 🏠✨ This is a huge step forward for our @LA2050 campaign When students join forces, anything is possible. Are you a student at @LACityCollege ? Join us as an organizing fellow next semester! DM us if interested.
  • Happy Birthday to our co founder @lizconn 🎁🎉🎈✨ We are so lucky you are part of our team! Your spirit and support  makes every day better!
  • “All the greatest movements are started by students; we are so powerful” 🔥🔥🔥 we couldn’t agree more with our @la2050 CO- organizing manager, @wildchildsaba 👑
  • "1 in 5 of these students report food or housing insecurity. Some are homeless who hope to find any type of food being provided on campus or safe shelter where they can sleep." - Jemere Calhoun, Los Angeles City College⠀
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These are the types of students that presidential candidates should shadow for a day. Tag a presidential candidate that should shadow a student. ⠀
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  • This morning @repnormatorres announced the #BASICAct 🍎🏠 Check out this video to understand what it is and how it will impact you 🗣
  • “I pay for my own rent, bills, groceries, and bus passes on top of some of my mother’s and brother’s expenses. Yes, it’s one more thing for me to worry about, but it’s the least I can do to show her gratitude for the opportunities she’s created for me and the chance she has given me at a better life than what she had.” - Marfeli Luna, City College of San Francisco⠀
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“I chose to go to college for a better future and more opportunities and possibilities for me and my family.⠀
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 My mother is a single working parent to me and my two younger brothers. She works hard to support all of us, but between everything, it can become difficult for her to manage. I try to be as self-reliant as possible so that I can be one less thing for her to worry about. I pay for my own rent, bills, groceries, and bus passes on top of some of my mother’s and brother’s expenses. Yes, it’s one more thing for me to worry about, but it’s the least I can do to show her gratitude for the opportunities she’s created for me and the chance she has given me at a better life than what she had. That’s why going to college is so important to me. I have to work hard to get where I want to be, but if it weren’t for my mother, I wouldn’t be where I am. If my education became free I would be able to continue to help my family and support myself while saving more for other things I’m passionate about. Finding the balance between my responsibilities, my future, and my passions is a skill I’ve had to learn as a young adult, but free college would make all of it less of a compromise at my expense." - Marfeli Luna, City College of San Francisco⠀
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States Are Spending Less On Higher Education Than Before the Recession