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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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$1.5 Trillion

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  • “I helped better my college for my fellow classmates and my community. I am studying my generals right now in hopes of becoming a nurse when I transfer to a 4-year university.” 👏 - Arianna Harmon, Glen Oaks Community College 🎓⠀
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“I absolutely love attending a growing college like Glen Oaks college. Glen Oaks has gone through lots of construction in the last year that has made huge changes and I got to be apart of all of it! I helped better my college for my fellow classmates and my community. I am studying my generals right now in hopes of becoming a nurse when I transfer to a 4-year university. I try to pay for my college tuition with just my financial aid, because my family is not able to help. I support free college because college is very important to living a full life. You need college to get the jobs you want and the money you need. Free college would really benefit many students who rely on loans - for these students, debt starts super early and they have to deal with paying back huge amounts of money for the rest of their lives.” - Arianna Harmon, Glen Oaks Community College⠀
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  • #Motivation Monday Congratulations on your new degree 🎓🎊🎉 Read Vanessia‘s story ➡️ “I thought college would be impossible because of my undocumented status. I was able to qualify for DACA but had to go to college much later than my peers so that I could pay for it.” - Venessia Ruiz, SJSU
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"From a young age I knew I had to go to college to move forward. I thought college would be impossible because of my undocumented status. I was able to qualify for DACA but had to go to college much later than my peers so that I could pay for it. I did not want to go into debt and there weren't many scholarships for DACA students at that time. I think if college tuition was free, it would completely change the fate of many students. It would have given me a helping hand and I wouldn't have had additional stressors during my time in college. I've been able to finish my Masters in Video Production, but I hope there's a change soon so other people don't have to go through what I had to go through." - Venessia Ruiz, SJSU
#College #Students #Politics #FreeCollege #FreeCollegeTuition #StudentDebt #Advocacy #California #Michigan #Rise #RiseFree #studentsmatter #studentsvoice #freecollegetuition #collegeforall #california #collegelife #highered #studentdebt
  • “Many students are frightened by the large tuition fees of universities all over the United States and end up never going to college” - Supriya, Grand Rapids Community College 🎓💫⠀
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“My name is Supriya, and I’m a student at Grand Rapids Community College. I believe the two years at GRCC should be tuition free. The amount of students around the state looking to GRCC for their further education and goals are uncountable. Many students are frightened by the large tuition fees of universities all over the United States and end up never going to college. Thankfully, community college saves a huge amount of debt and money. Making it completely free would further open options and benefits for students and individuals looking to education for their last chance or only hope. Around the world, countries allow students to have a completely free education. These countries are able to do this and still manage their economic and financial status. Why is it only the States that college is so expensive then? We can change that if we are willing to.“ ⠀
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#College #Students #Politics #FreeCollege #FreeCollegeTuition #StudentDebt #Advocacy #California #Michigan #Rise #RiseFree #studentsmatter #studentsvoice #freecollegetuition #collegeforall #california #collegelife #highered #studentdebt
  • Tens of thousands of college students across California experience homelessness. Check out a few of their stories in @nowthisnews to see what college is really like for some students #RealCollege
  • “If there was free college tuition, I wouldn’t have to sign up for CalFresh, and I wouldn’t have to worry about when my next meal is going to be.” - Frankie Valdez, UCM ⠀
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“The main reason I decided to come to college was to not only make my family proud but to make something of my life and set an example for my future kids and those who look up to me. I want to get as much knowledge as I can and obtain my degree, so hopefully in the future I can do what I am passionate about. I have seen multiple friends pay large amounts of money out of pocket and if they can’t, they get drowned in loans. If there was free college tuition, I wouldn’t have to sign up for CalFresh, and I wouldn’t have to worry about when my next meal is going to be. Food wouldn’t be an issue which would allow all students to focus more in school and on their grades. But me personally, I would have that financial burned taken off, not only me but my parents as well because I know they do so much to support my college degree. Free college tuition can give an opportunity to those who wish to obtain a college degree but can’t due to the financial restrictions that they have and that can prevent people from obtaining their dreams and goals.” - Frankie Valdez, UC Merced ⠀
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#College #Students #Politics #FreeCollege #FreeCollegeTuition #StudentDebt #Advocacy #California #Michigan #Rise #RiseFree #studentsmatter #studentsvoice #freecollegetuition #collegeforall #california #collegelife #highered #studentdebt
  • “I chose to go to college because growing up I always heard negative stereotypes and statistics regarding the Latino community. I want to prove society wrong and inspire people like me to pursue higher education.” - Brittney Mendez, UC Merced 🎓⠀
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“I chose to go to college because growing up, I always heard negative stereotypes and statistics regarding the Latino community. Living in a single family home and experiencing poverty makes you realize that you do not want that lifestyle and college is a way for me to get out of the lower socio-economic cycle. As the first in my family to go to college and soon graduate, I want to make sure that my parents sacrifices of migrating to this country are worth it. Free tuition opens doors and possibilities that you never imagined to be possible. By attending UC Merced, I was able to receive a lot of financial help and I am beyond grateful for that. At UCM I was able to be a student representative and go lobby in Sacramento and Washington DC. I flew to New Jersey to uplift workers demands and stand in solidarity with teachers for the fight for $15.  I was able to attend UC Regent Board Meetings at UCLA or UCSF to discuss student and worker issues. I pay for my tuition through financial aid and government-backed loans. However, in order to survive and sustain myself, I am currently working 3 jobs. I hold two  job positions at school and help out with the family business.  I want to prove society wrong and inspire people like me to pursue higher education.” ⠀
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#College #Students #Politics #FreeCollege #FreeCollegeTuition #StudentDebt #Advocacy #California #Michigan #Rise #RiseFree #studentsmatter #studentsvoice #freecollegetuition #collegeforall #california #collegelife #highered #studentdebt
  • #MotivationMonday 💫 Let’s aim to have the determination Beyza has 💗 “I am determined to continue my education.” - Beyza Niefart, Kalamazoo Valley Community College 🎓⠀
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“College is a great path for me because it’s the best choice to accomplish the goals that I have set for myself. I am using financial aid right now and it is helping, but for the most part, I am paying my way through school. In addition to tuition, I have to pay for my own gas, phone bills, and other necessities. ⠀
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In my family, my grandparents never went to college, but my mom did. I am determined to continue my education. Free tuition would help me tremendously with staying in college. I wouldn’t have to worry about being in debt or worried about not working enough while attending school. In the United States, we spend too much money on unnecessary things. It’s time we start investing in free college for all people.” -Beyza Niefert, KVCC.⠀
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  • “Free tuition would impact me personally because I would have extra money to spend on school supplies. My education would not be a burden economically to my family.” - Jorge Garcia, UC Merced ⠀
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“I was the first in my family to have the opportunity to receive a higher education, so it was an opportunity I had to take advantage of. I knew that being the first one in the family is always the hardest, but I also knew that after I started the journey, it would get easier for my siblings to continue in my footsteps. I appreciate everything my parents have sacrificed, and a degree is only proof that their sacrifice was not a waste. Free tuition would impact me personally because my education would not be a burden economically to my family. I would have extra money to spend on school supplies and would not have to work as much, allowing me to focus on school and not worry about paying for housing and bills. Financial aid is amazing, but I also work and hold scholarships that allow me to afford school. My sister was not able to go directly into a four year institution so she took the community college route, and although it took her longer, she is going to graduate the same semester I am.” - Jorge Garcia, UC Merced ⠀
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  • #TBT Last week we spent a day at the State Capitol lobbying for SB291, AB2, and AB1314! 🎓 We also shared the 2,500 petition signatures from Californians who support these bills. ✨💫
  • "Growing up in a large family with little income has been hard, and continues to be hard for all of us. It is up to me to take advantage of the opportunities and education given to me to give my family a better life." - Karen Herrera, Cañada College ⠀
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"The first reason I chose to go to college was because I would be the first in my family to attend and finish college. The second reason is because I want to have a financially stable future for myself and for my family after I earn my degrees! Growing up in a large family with little income has been hard, and continues to be hard for all of us. It is up to me to take advantage of the opportunities and education given to me to give my family a better life. At Cañada College, there are waivers that I have been granted to pay for tuition. I have been able to be qualify for FAFSA, which helps for any other school supplies or books. My part time job also brings in a little income to cover my costs and to go towards my family. Some of my costs include gas and insurance for my vehicle, basic needs, sometimes offering to pay for some of my parents' bills that are not top priority. I know a friend who attended college for one or two semesters, but eventually dropped out because of the financial circumstances she was in. Her tuition was too high and her unfortunate living standards did not allow her to transport herself to school and pay for her classes. I believe there should be free tuition, especially in community college and for students who are less fortunate than others. Free tuition would benefit those students who do not have substantial income or sufficient living situations such as my friend. If community colleges had free tuition, it would draw in more students who are fresh out of high school and unsure of what to study, as well as other types of students who want to learn something new or expand their skills and knowledge." - Karen Herrera, Cañada College ⠀
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