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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 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.

  • Reasons to stay hopeful 💫 
1. Finals are almost over 📚
2. You’re proving that you’re stronger than you thought 🌱
3. The California legislature is about to vote on a bill to make 2 years of community college free 🎓
What are your reasons to stay hopeful?
  • “Throughout my junior year in high school, I lost interest in attending college because I knew that college was going to be an issue for me to pay off.” - Emily Diaz⠀
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“Throughout my junior year in high school, I lost interest in attending college because I knew that college was going to be an issue for me to pay off. I persevered all those obstacles, and now I'm here, as a sophomore student. I have been living on my own, supporting myself, needing to balance school and work in order for me to attend school and it has been a huge challenge. I believe that free tuition for colleges is extremely important. It can open doors for more students that want to pursue higher education. It can be overwhelming when a student has to support themselves or their families while paying for college. Lastly, more institution across the U.S. should realize that many students are getting burnt out because of the tuition that they’re being asked to pay.”- Emily Diaz, ⠀
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  • #TBT to students lobbying for @connieleyva's SB291! What is SB 291? This bill will build a financial aid program to help cover the cost of attendance for California Community College students
  • “Having free tuition would mean that I don’t have to work three jobs just to feel financially stable.” - Brenda Salas, UC Merced⠀
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“I never thought I was smart enough to go to a UC but I always knew I had to pursue higher education. I chose to go to college to obtain a job and one day provide for my parents and family instead of living paycheck to paycheck. Free tuition would mean that I would not be in debt. I have always had to be strong and financially independent. My parents never had the means to provide for my older sister, myself, and my younger siblings all while affording Bay Area rent. Having free tuition would mean that I don’t have to work three jobs just to feel financially stable. I have grown to become fully independent and don’t rely on my parents for much. I pay for everything I need including rent, food, my car, etc. I try to work extra hours when I know I will be visiting my family back home so I can pay for some of their groceries. I have younger twin brothers whom I try to help by paying for clothes and shoes. Creating free college is the first step towards breaking barriers and empowering others to become something great.” - Brenda Salas, UC Merced�⠀
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  • “I don't know if I will be able to get a good paying job after I graduate. Instead of saving money to move out, I'm saving money to pay back my monthly loan payments.” - Nikki S., Cal State San Bernardino ⠀
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“I’m excited to graduate this year but at the same time I’m extremely worried about my monthly loan payments. Most people that I know pay around $350. It may not sound like a lot but I already help out with bills at home and adding that to my expenses is a lot.I don't know if I will be able to get a good paying job after I graduate. Instead of saving money to move out, I'm saving money to pay back my monthly loan payments. If college was free I would be able to enjoy graduating and be able to move out from my parent’s house. - Nikki S., Cal State San Bernardino ⠀
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  • What does Governor @gavinnewsom’s budget proposal mean for students in California? What are you excited about and what changes would you like to see for students? 🎓🌟
  • #MotivationMonday ✨ Start your day with this energy “I am a helpful, goofy, honest person that loves interacting with others. I want to either study psychology or occupational therapy. 🎓
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“I am a helpful, goofy, honest person that loves interacting with others. I want to either study psychology or occupational therapy. ⠀
I am in college because I feel that it will give me more opportunities. I pay for my education mostly with loans, but I also have scholarships and some financial aid. I support free college because it would give students more incentive to further their education.  If I could have free college, it would mean a lot to me, especially not having to pay back my loans by myself.” Armetrius Jackson, Glen Oaks Community College 🎓
  • “Non-traditional” students make up 75% of the student population! 🎓
  • “I pay for college with some scholarship money, pell grants, and a lot of student loans. The reason I support free college is because it’s a real struggle trying to pay for college and not to be in student loan debt.” - Alise Phillips, Glen Oaks Community College 🌟⠀
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“I am from Chicago, Illinois originally and then I moved to South Bend, Indiana when I was 12. I finished middle school and high school and then later started my academic career at Glen Oaks Community College. I pay for college with some scholarship money, pell grants, and a lot of student loans. The reason I support free college is because it’s a real struggle trying to pay for college and not to be in student loan debt. - Alise Phillips, Glen Oaks Community College🌟⠀
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