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We are students fighting for free college in California. Public colleges and universities were free in California for more than 100 years. Join us in working to restore that promise.

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.

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  • Student loan debt is over $1.5 billion in the U.S. Making tuition free could help reduce that number & help students like Ian, an undergrad at Stanislaus State who will be in over $24,000 of debt by the time he graduates. ⠀
Double tap if you think college should be more affordable. 💰❌⠀
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"I was able to self-fund my way through community college. However, now that I’m in the last 2 years of my Bachelor’s degree I will be $24,000 in student loan debt. I want to pursue a Master’s degree, so now I’m looking at at least $40,000 in debt for that. I will be $64,000 in debt (plus interest) just to be hirable at a middle-class salary. This will affect my ability to buy a home and live my life. If tuition was free, I wouldn’t be facing so much adversity." - Ian, CSU Stanislaus
  • We had the pleasure of sitting down with student leaders from CA to talk about the upcoming year in higher ed! 🎓💥
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Proud to have hosted this with @collegeopp and @edtrust ✨
  • Finals season = grad season ⠀
Congrats to @xnadia_14_x who just graduated from CSU San Bernardino! 🎉🎓 ⠀
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“For most of my life I’ve been put into categories based on stereotypes, labels, and statistics and my upbringing has forced me to see the world from many different angles and perspectives. I’ve always been the front line of defense to my parents when it came to English, helping them with finances sine I was 16 years old and tending to my younger sisters' needs all while balancing internships, multiple jobs at a time, and volunteer work. However, because of this, I’ve had the opportunity to foster knowledge and life lessons that can’t be taught in the classroom, but from various people, places, and experiences. My ultimate dream is to become an international human rights lawyer. With the knowledge of the law, and by using it to address social and political issues across the globe, I can contribute to the establishment of a society that is a fairer tomorrow than it is today. I look forward to sharing my experiences in law school and learning the skills that will help me accomplish this goal and to serve as a role model for women, minorities, and people everywhere who have similar goals as I do.” -Nadia, Cal State San Bernardino
  • Tuition has more than tripled over the last 20 years. Read why Tammy agrees that we should bring back free tuition ✅💸⠀
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“For me, free tuition would mean an equal opportunity of education. Status or money would not influence my decisions or my capability to succeed in life. Free tuition would mean free education for those who cannot afford it. It would mean equality for all and it would provide the opportunity for a better future and a better life.” -Tammy, UCR
  • Our very own Alexa Victoriano was recognized by @collegeopp as a Champion of Higher Ed, receiving the 2018 Rising Star Award 🌟🏆💪⠀
We are so proud of everything you’ve accomplished!
  • We are inspired by the numerous students, like Jake, who ran for local elections this year. Learn more about this incredible Saddleback College student ⬇️⠀
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“I have the belief that government should work for, we the people. With low-cost classes, informative and helpful professors and a campus that reflects the interest of the students, I knew Saddleback College shared that same belief. As a college, it builds the future through education and as a public institution it strengthens the community. I knew going there would be an experience I wouldn't regret. It's this virtue of serving that same group as Saddleback College, we the people, that inspired me to run. Realizing that my voice wasn’t  being heard not just as a student or as the youth but as a member of my community pushed me to run a campaign for San Clemente City Council, a campaign that didn’t take corporate money, but relied on the same power of the people that I wished to serve.”
  • Can you imagine writing those final papers without the magic of copy, paste, and delete? Here’s a #Throwback to 1976 when these @csuf students worked on their papers using a typewriter. 📇
  • Tuition is a small part of college expenses. Making it free would help alleviate other costs, such as housing, which Gabriela advocates for. Check out her story below. 🌟⬇️⠀
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“My name is Gabriela Meza and I am a fourth year Political Science and Chicana/o/x Studies Double Major at UCLA. I am also Vice Chair of the newly formed North Westwood Neighborhood Council, representing renters in the area. My story starts when I came to the U.S. from Mexico without my parents when I was 16 years old. I spent high school working to pay for my necesities and lived with various relatives and friends throughout that time. It was very difficult to navigate the U.S. educational system, which I knew little about, battling being homesick, and other problems that I encountered along the way. I chose UCLA because after applying to multiple schools, it was the only UC I got accepted to. I love UCLA, but housing in the area is so expensive that many people like myself have had to go into debt to be able to afford it. Free tuition would help because I could spend my money on housing and other necessities instead of on tuition.” -Gabriela, UCLA
  • "As an undocumented student ineligible for financial aid, I have to work full time my entire college career in order to pay for school and food and maintain a roof over my head. With the uncertainty of DACA and the possibility of not being able to be employed, a tuition increase could mean that I could potentially have to put my education on hold due to the lack of affordability. This predicament does not only affect me financially and educationally but it also affects my mental well-being. All students deserve the right to an affordable education and I hope the state legislature acknowledges our needs." - CSULB Undocumented Student
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