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.

  • Sign our petition urging @ucla Chancellor Gene Block to invest at least $1 million in building an on-campus shelter for students experiencing homelessness. Link in bio
  • “I am the first one in my family to go to a four year university. My two siblings are looking up to me, so I have to finish.” - Sirene Cano, California East Bay College⠀
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“I came to college to be able to support myself in the future and get the job I want. Where I come from, a lot of people just settle in jobs. My mom, aunts and uncles all did that. I do not want to be like them and they do not want me to be like them. Everyone is pushing me to work hard so that I can be better. If I did not have to pay out of pocket or take out any loans, I would not have to work so hard to receive money and I wouldn't need to stress about getting a degree. Universities need to step up and help us with the cost of our education. They should protect DACA students since they want a diverse school. They need to protect students and offer aid for those who cannot “legally” receive it from the government. They also need to help low income families because many of them cannot afford the campus housing or the housing around campus, leaving a lot of students homeless. Universities need to protect their students and work hard for them - they wanted us here so why are they not helping us stay here.” - Sirene Cano, California East Bay College⠀
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#College #Students #Politics #FreeCollege #FreeCollegeTuition #StudentDebt #Advocacy #California #Michigan #Rise #RiseFree #studentsmatter #studentsvoice #freecollegetuition #collegeforall #california #collegelife #highered #studentdebt #realcollege #hopeforstudents
  • Do you agree with @berniesanders ? 💫🎓Many think only students are affected by student loan debt. Unfortunately that’s not true. Parents and grandparents are going into debt to help students graduate. 
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  • The power of #familia
  • We are currently looking to hire LA students to join our team. If you are interested in doing work to end student homelessness and hunger in LA, apply now! ⠀
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  • “My parents wanted me to go to college, but how is it helping them when sometimes we can't afford a roof over our heads?“ - Gerardo Valdez, CSU Los Angeles⠀
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“My parents didn’t go to college because they started a family. They had to get jobs in order to provide for not only themselves but their children. I came to college because having a degree will open up many more doors for me. I constantly worry if me being at this higher institution is worth it because I don't know if my parents will have enough to pay the rent bills and groceries. How does one study without a roof? There are many college students who face homelessness, so the fact that I have a place makes me grateful. However, there are times where it gets complicated for my family and we face financial burdens and it stresses me. My parents wanted me to go to college, but how is it helping them when sometimes we can't afford a roof over our heads? Having that extra burden of tuition makes me stressed because I can’t help my parents if school needs all my time. Not everyone is financially stable and many can’t afford to pursue higher education. We need free college, we need to knock down these barriers.” - Gerardo Valdez, CSU Los Angeles⠀
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#College #Students #Politics #FreeCollege #FreeCollegeTuition #StudentDebt #Advocacy #California #Michigan #Rise #RiseFree #studentsmatter #studentsvoice #freecollegetuition #collegeforall #california #collegelife #highered #studentdebt #realcollege #hopeforstudents
  • Our #MotivationMonday are students like Jaylon who want presidential candidates to listen to our stories and find solutions to the obstacles we face as college students. ⠀
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Want to host a presidential candidate on your campus? Apply at the link in bio.
  • “I don't have the best GPA but I try. I study everyday because my scholarship is what's keeping me in school. Even though I work full time I need the scholarship.” - Noel M, Riverside City College .
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. “I am excited because I will transfer to UCR soon but for now I am staying focused. I don't have the best GPA but I try. I study everyday because my scholarship is what's keeping me in school. Even though I work full time I need the scholarship. If college was free I would have been able to go directly to a 4 year university and been on track for the job I want.” - Noel M, Riverside City College 
#College #Students #Politics #FreeCollege #FreeCollegeTuition #StudentDebt #Advocacy #California #Michigan #Rise #RiseFree #studentsmatter #studentsvoice #freecollegetuition #collegeforall #california #collegelife #highered #studentdebt #realcollege #hopeforstudents
  • “If college was free, the personal impact it would have on me would be tremendous. I have taken out loans for most of the semesters I’ve been attending college to be able to cover my tuition.” - Hannah Sarnoff, UC Merced⠀
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"If college was free, the personal impact it would have on me would be tremendous. I have taken out loans for most of the semesters I’ve been attending college to be able to cover my tuition. If I didn’t have to do that, I would be able to focus on learning rather than worrying about money. I live off-campus, so these outside costs are on my mind every month, if not constantly. I use my loans to pay for my rent, bills, and groceries, to be able to make ends meet. I have a few friends who began college but ultimately dropped out. They felt like they were wasting the money they had worked hard to earn by not being able to allocate enough time or energy to focus on their studies. It’s unfortunate that people have to make that decision.” - Hannah Sarnoff, 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 #realcollege #hopeforstudents
  • Our #MotivationMonday is students, administration, and staff coming together to increase student voter turnout across the country. Everywhere you look campuses are strategizing to keep moving those #s up! 🔥🔥

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States Are Spending Less On Higher Education Than Before the Recession