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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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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.

  • Celebrities, They're Just Like Us: Student Loan Debt Edition! Actress Kerry Washington couldn't pay off her student loans until she landed her famous role as Olivia Pope in 'Scandal.'
  • “Thank you for reaffirming that I’m going to run against you someday!” •
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@rashidatlaib’s advice for students when elected officials say that being homeless in college is having “skin in the game.”
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  • “Everything adds up, with buying textbooks, access codes and when you're hungry, food.” - Diana Gomez-Roman, California State University, Los Angeles ⠀
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“Everything adds up, from the beginning of every semester with buying textbooks, access codes and when you're hungry, food. At college there is always a hidden expense. You pay for everything! I came to college because I wanted to expand my knowledge and be able to learn new ideas, experience new things life had to offer, but it's stressful because I know I'm in debt. My sister dropped out of nursing school because expenses got too high, that happened five years ago and they’re still paying the debt they owe to the school. People should support free college because there are so many individuals who are not able to study at a school because of a financial barrier. Regardless of what many want to believe, college is set up to best serve the elite in our country because of how high the expenses are. College should be made free to all so we can all get the knowledge needed to be able to make well informed decisions for a better future, that benefit everyone, not just the wealthy.” -  Diana Gomez-Roman, California State University, Los Angeles ⠀
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  • 1,000 UCLA students are urging Chancellor Block to invest $1M in an on-campus shelter that supports homeless Bruins. 🏠🍎⠀
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Show your support by signing our petition. Link in bio!
  • According to @hopecenter's 2019 #RealCollege National Survey at least 6 million students are affected by basic needs insecurity. ⠀
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See the rest of the finding: https://buff.ly/2w6Kw6Z
  • ⚡️We are excited to introduce a new weekly segment, Celebrities, They're Just Like Us: Student Loan Debt Edition⚡️⠀
Some of the most recognizable names out there have also had to take out student loans to get through college. Two of the most surprising names are Michelle and Barack Obama. As Former President Obama said in a speech in Buffalo, New York, "Michelle and I, we’re only where we are today because scholarships and student loans gave us a shot at a great education. And we know a little bit about trying to pay back student loans, too, because we didn’t come from a wealthy family." ⠀
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This is #RealCollege
  • "Our #MondayMotivation is Britney ✨"Because I have to work to pay for school, I spend 19.5 hours of my week working at UCLA's dining services. That's 20 hours that I could spend studying, indulging in an internship or simply working on class assignments." - Britney Rincon, University of California, Los Angeles ⠀
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“If college was free it would eliminate the need for me to work on campus in order to pay for my tuition. Because I have to work to pay for school, I spend 19.5 hours of my week working at UCLA's dining services. That's 20 hours that I could  spend studying, indulging in an internship or simply working on class assignments. I came to UCLA because it was one of my top schools, and it has a great sociology program to help me advance my learning. There are times when the financial stress affects my eating habits and I substitute a meal for coffee because it is just more convenient and quicker. If I didn’t have to work in dining to pay for my education, then maybe my schedule would be simpler and my physical, mental and academic wellbeing would be stronger and healthier.” - Britney Rincon, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Nothing makes us happier than seeing first generation students achieving their dreams! 🔥
  • #TBT to last week when our @LA2050 fellows came together for our second semester orientation. Our goal is to end student hunger and homelessness in Los Angeles. Join us by signing our petitions! Link in bio

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States Are Spending Less On Higher Education Than Before the Recession