Rise builds student-led advocacy campaigns for policies that put higher education within reach for all. We also convene and train student leaders to advocate for college affordability policies through our Camp Rise series—a day-long training summit for college student leaders. Our north star goal is restoring state and federal funding for public higher education to make public colleges and universities free for all students. That means:
🆓 Free tuition and fees to expand access to public higher education.
🍎 Financial aid and campus resources to ensure students’ basic needs are met while in college.
🎗Support to thrive in college and graduate on time with little or no debt.
Rise campaigns are led by our (paid) Student Organizing Fellows, campus partners, and community of supporters. Our past and current campaigns include:
✅ 1 Year of Free Community College for First-time, Full-time Students in California
✅ Stop California State University and University of California Tuition Hikes and Win Hundreds of Millions of Dollars in New State Funding for Students in 2018
✅ Mobilize Thousands of Student Voters in November, 2018
✅ Two Years of Free Community College for First-Time, Full-Time Students
➡ Two Years of Free Community College, and Michigan Reconnect Program
➡ California Financial Aid Reform and Expansion
➡ LA2050: Ending College Student Hunger and Homelessness Through Student Advocacy