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1 Million

The number of residents rejected by public universities since 2005.


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300 Percent

The increase in public university tuition in California in the last 20 years.


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$1.2 Billion

The amount of student loan debt held by over 4 million student loan borrowers in California.

  • ICYMI 2.6 million more Californians voted in the June primary election in 2018 than in 2014. Let's get even more voters to the polls in November! Text "CREW" to 562-850-1721 to join VoteCrew.
  • On September 6th we will be celebrating our first birthday ! 🎉🎊 In our first year we achieved: ✅The First Tuition Rollback  in 20 YEARS ✅First Year of Free Community College ✅Hundreds of Millions In New Funding For Students 
If you want to #CelebrateOurStudents across the state you can donate to our fundraiser. Link in bio ✨
  • When we had the opportunity to fight for one year of free community college, we organized and collected over 6,000 signatures from students across the state. 🎓These signatures showed the governor how much students needed even just one year of free community college. This was a huge step in the right direction for our movement for free college tuition. 💫To keep the momentum going, donate to our #CelebrateOurStudents fundraiser via the link in bio or share this post.
  • We’ve officially passed resolutions with 8 of the 10 UC campus student governments! 🎉🎉🎉 ⠀
Here’s a picture of our latest resolution with @asuci_ Shout out to @asuciexternalvp for all of the great work they’re doing 🌟🌟🌟⠀
If you are a campus leader and want to get more involved with Rise on your campus, send us a DM or email
  • Almost twelve months ago, we set out to ignite a movement for free college tuition in California. Looking back, we’ve done that...and more. 💫Celebrate our 1st birthday by donating to Rise’s #CelebrateOurStudents fundraiser via the link in bio or by sharing this post.✨ Throughout the month we will be posting TBT’s of our wins this year - swipe to see our first Rise party and more memories from this year! 🎊🎓
  • “As an out-of-state student, free college would give other out-of-state students, equally as capable and deserving as myself, the opportunity to receive a higher education. I am privileged and fortunate to be able to afford the cost of tuition. But what I find absurd about our system is that the price of public education for non-resident students, in a state that has the 5th largest economy in the world, is comparable to that of an Ivy League school. As we know, a bachelor's degree is basically the new high school diploma. I hope that moving forward we encourage more of our population to receive an education, thus creating a more knowledgeable populous! The money is there. It’s time for our administration and government officials to be held accountable and commit to courses of action that better our growing society.” -Abby, UCD
  • Only 8% of young people showed up to vote in California’s last midterm election. 🤦🏽‍♀️ That’s why we’re stepping up to help save our democracy. 🗳🗣 Want to join us? Apply to become a VoteCrew Captain or Campus Director ASAP! If selected, you’ll get access to training, funding, and prizes to get out the vote. 💫 ‼️Link: ‼️
  • Over the last 20 years, tuition has increased by over 300%. 📈❌ Many people, like Israel, want to go to college but simply cannot afford it. Read his story below ⬇️⠀
“I work 40 hours a week at McDonald’s. The cost of going to the local community college is out of reach as I have to support my family after the loss of my dad. I want to get out of this dead-end job and make something out of myself, but right now, that is way out of the question. Free college would allow me and my brothers to be able to go to college so we could eventually get high-paying jobs.” -Israel
  • "I come from a family who works day and night just to be able to pay the bills each month. With eight siblings and two parents, I didn’t think it was possible for me to attend a community college, let alone a university. Within my family, I’m considered the middle child and I decided to break the chain and attend college. I was the first, but not the last, of my siblings to attend a community college. I made my family proud by taking a small step to improving our lives and I bet you can see how happy I made them by transferring into a university. I am trying to fulfill this dream that belongs to my whole family. Being able to attend CSULB with financial aid has had a huge impact on my life." -Minerva, Cal State Long Beach
  • In honor of @ucstudents Student Organizing Summit next week, here's a #throwback to last year’s event!

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