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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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$1.5 Trillion

in student loan debt nationwide.

  • “I take every opportunity that comes my way. I see college as a huge opportunity, but there are definitely a lot of financial obstacles.” - Jahi Jenkins, UC Riverside ⠀
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“I take every opportunity that comes my way. I see college as a huge opportunity, but there are definitely a lot of financial obstacles. I work full time to help out at home and cover my own costs. Other than that I invest a lot of my time in internships and fellowships. My routine is school and work. I don’t have time for anything else. If college were free I wouldn’t be tired all the time. I can’t count how many all nighters I’ve done this quarter.” - Jahi Jenkins, UC Riverside⠀
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#College #Students #Politics #FreeCollege #FreeCollegeTuition #StudentDebt #Advocacy #California #Rise #RiseFree #studentsmatter #studentsvoice #freecollegetuition #collegeforall #ucr #california #collegelife #highered #studentdebt
  • #TBT the 2018 United State of Women! ✨📸 || What makes you feel empowered? ⚡️
  • "Public education is our greatest pathway to opportunity in America. So we need to invest in and strengthen our public universities today, and for generations to come." - Michelle Obama 💖⚡️#NationalWomensHistoryMonth
  • #MotivationalMonday ✨ Like Brian many students see their parents as their motivation. ❤️ Read his story ➡️ “I chose to go to college because I believe getting my degree is the only way to get a good paying job in the future. I want to pay my family back for everything they have done for me." - Brian, UC Irvine ⠀
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“I chose to go to college because I believe getting my degree is the only way to get a good paying job in the future. I want to pay my family back for everything they have done for me. I want them to be able to retire soon. Right now I have a part time job and have taken out loans twice. With free college, I would be able to save money for a car so I could get to work faster.” - Brian, UC Irvine⠀
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#studentsmatter #studentsvoice #freecollegetuition #collegeforall #uci #california #collegelife #highered #studentdebt #irvine #risecalifornia
  • "All I want is an education and I am afraid of no one." - Malala 💥💫 #NationalWomensHistoryMonth
  • We’re so excited to welcome our first Rise organizers in Michigan this week! They’re working hard to enact @gewhitmer’s proposal for two years of #freecommunitycollege and an opportunity scholarship for four-year universities! Send them some 💓 for 🆓🎓 and learn more about our Michigan campaign ☝️ #RiseMichigan
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  • Meet Monica, our amazing Michigan organizing fellow ➡️ “I’m creating a pathway for generations of farmers and hard labor workers. How many more innovators, educators, advocates would we have if tuition wasn’t a burden?” - Monica Rivera, Grand Rapids Community College ✨⠀
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"Having medical issues in the past, I’ve had to work two jobs to pay my health care bills and my college tuition.  This meant I had to attend college part time, and I focused on classes towards a degree that I felt would offer more financial security. If I had been able to solely focus on school, I would have found my passion sooner. I wanted to provide for my family so my parents wouldn’t have to work so hard in their factory jobs. That degree choice didn’t work out because I wasn’t passionate about it. It took me 2 ½ years of classes, college involvement and community work to find that I love social justice and fighting for the rights of others. If tuition were free, I could have developed my desire to advocate for others sooner." - Monica Rivera, Grand Rapids Community College ✨⠀
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#College #Students #Politics #FreeCollege #FreeCollegeTuition #StudentDebt #Advocacy #Michigan #Rise #RiseFree #studentsmatter #studentsvoice #freecollegetuition #collegeforall #collegelife #highered #studentdebt
  • Meet our second Michigan fellow ➡️ “Free college is essential to bridging the divide between those who are privileged enough to afford it and those who cannot ” - Alex Klein, Eastern Michigan University ✨ .
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. “I’m an undergraduate at Eastern Michigan University, and since starting college I have tried to take full advantage of every opportunity given to me. I’ve applied to over 25 scholarship applications, and am fortunate to have my tuition covered between financial aid, scholarships, and parental support. For those without these opportunities, paying for college can be overwhelming, or result in life long debt. Working multiple jobs just to pay for education is a reality for many students, and can hinder their opportunities and studies. 
Everyone deserves a chance at succeeding in their education. Free tuition allows students to focus on their studies, internships, and extracurricular activities that will help them in their professional future. Additionally, it would allow students to pay for other necessities such as housing, transportation, and food.” - Alex Klein, Eastern Michigan University 🎓

#College #Students #Politics #FreeCollege #FreeCollegeTuition #StudentDebt #Advocacy #Michigan #Rise #RiseFree #studentsmatter #studentsvoice #freecollegetuition #collegeforall #collegelife #highered #studentdebt
  • We are so excited to introduce you to our first class of Student Organizing Fellows in Michigan! Meet our first fellow, Chyna ✨🎓 ⠀
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“I’m currently a sophomore at Glen Oaks Community college and right around the corner from graduating this spring. I didn’t choose to go to a community college just to play basketball. That was just a bonus. I decided to come to Glen Oaks because it was a more affordable option. ⠀
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Despite working as a resident assistant to pay for housing, I still find myself taking out student loans and applying for every scholarship imaginable. Being a student athlete adds another layer of challenge. Student athletes are only permitted to work limited hours. This limits my ability to earn more money to finance my education, and also impacts me mentally, as I truly wish to be self sufficient. ⠀
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Leading the free college movement is important to me because no one should start their career drowning in debt.  I am from Portage, MI, which is near Kalamazoo, a city that offers a promise of free education to their residents. The Kalamazoo Promise was created to relieve students of loan debt. If one city can develop a system such as this, what is stopping the rest of us?” - Chyna, Glen Oaks Community College 🎓⠀
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#College #Students #Politics #FreeCollege #FreeCollegeTuition #StudentDebt #Advocacy #Michigan #Rise #RiseFree #studentsmatter #studentsvoice #freecollegetuition #collegeforall #collegelife #highered #studentdebt
  • California’s community colleges were tuition-free until 1984. Check out @crystal.salinas and her friends fighting for two years of free community college and the financial aid we need to graduate! Add your support to our petition 👆(link in bio) #AB2 #SB291 🎬 by @kellyateacher •
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