We are students and allies fighting for free college tuition, protections from student debt, and greater investments in quality, public higher education in California.

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The shortage of college graduates California will face by 2025 ifย we don't act.

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The amount in-state tuition has increased in California over the last 20 years.

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Our grassroots campaign is led by students and supporters like you. With your help, we can make California a state where hard work and talent -- not income or wealth -- determines your success in college and beyond.

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5 of the top 10 colleges that help students rise out of poverty and live the American dream are public schools in California.

  • CSU students stopped the Cal State tuition increases this year. You did this. WE did this. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘@uofcalifornia, you're next.
  • In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we're highlighting notable AAPI alumni who have made an impact on their communities. Today, we're recognizing Ben Cayetano, an alumnus of both Los Angeles Harbor College & UCLA and a former Governor of Hawaii. 
Growing up in a working class household, Cayetano realized that a lack of a college education stood in the way of better opportunities. So in 1963, he moved to LA with his family and enrolled in LA Harbor College. He went on to UCLA where he received his Bachelor's degree, and then Loyola University School of Law. From 1994-2002, he served as Hawaii's Governor, becoming the first Filipino American to be elected governor in the United States. Benjamin Cayetano serves as a reminder of the importance of pursuing a higher education for social mobility and equality. #aapiheritagemonth
  • Former Congressmember Mel Levine is joining our fight to stop tuition hikes and fully fund the CSU & UC. ๐ŸŒŸTogether with the California Coalition for Public Higher Education, we are launching Alumni Rise, uniting students & alumni in this fight. โ €
If youโ€™re an alumni of a CSU, UC, or CA Community College & want to get involved sign up at: bit.ly/AlumniRise โ €
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"This fight is important to me personally because when I was a student, UC had no tuition and I paid $61.50 per semester to attend Cal. The opportunity to receive a world class, public higher education enabled me to pursue careers as a lawyer and contribute to my state and country first as an Assemblyman in the California legislature and later in Congress in Washington, D.C. โ €
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But in the decades since, state lawmakers have cut funding for Californiaโ€™s public colleges and universities, and made that same world class education inaccessible to far too many students. โ €
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As a UC alum and former state legislator, I am distraught every time I hear stories of students being turned away from our public colleges and universities. I am heart broken when I hear from the thousands of students who are facing hunger and homelessness while working hard to earn a college degree. โ €
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Letโ€™s build California into a state where all students can afford to pursue their dreams in college the way that we did."
  • Happy #NationalHaikuPoetryDay Double tap if you agree that tuition should be free again!
  • Free tuition would help students across California. For many students, like Jasmine, it simply means more academic freedom. ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ““โœ๏ธโ €
"Free tuition would allow me to focus on my grades rather than finances and allow me more freedom to take the classes Iโ€™m interested in without worrying about costs.โ€โ €
Let us know what free college would mean to you & we'll share it on our social media!
  • โ€œMy parents always told me that a higher education would allow me to be successful and have access to more opportunities. It's a chance to help myself and my family. Thankfully I do receive some financial aid, but my parents cover what my aid does not. Free tuition would relieve some of the economic toll it takes on my parents and it would remove the stress and guilt I have for deciding to go to college. A higher education should be accessible for everyone. College is stressful in itself and figuring out how to pay for school should not be another stressor for students.โ€ -Angelica, CSU Long Beach
  • Meet Bulmaro Vicente, Rise's Organizing Manager:๐ŸŒŸโ €
"Free college tuition means making college accessible to everyone. I was fortunate to attend UC Berkeley with a full ride scholarship, but many of my peers and colleagues struggled to afford tuition and costs. I am using my experiences and skills now to help mobilize students and build student leaders by giving them the tools to uplift their communities and fight for free college education. This is a fight for my community and for future generations. This is a fight students are going to win."
  • Commencement season is around the corner, but did you know that some colleges charge more than $100 just to graduate? Thatโ€™s why weโ€™re launching the #RiseGradGiveaway to help ten 2018 college grads offset some of these costs. ๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ’ฐTo enter, post your fave college memory with #RiseGradGiveaway & tag us + four friends ๐ŸŒŸโ €
We will announce the winners on 4/25!๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰โ €
*must be following us @risecalifornia to qualify
  • Equal pay for equal work. It's that simple. โ €
  • Meet Michael, our organizing fellow from UC Merced ๐ŸŒŸโ €
โ€œI come from a home with a single mother who is also an immigrant. My mom has always told me how lucky she was to find stability in a job that allows her to pay for my college tuition. As a first generation college student coming from a poorly structured high school and diving into a 4 year university, I struggled academically and my financial aid was taken away. The rising cost of higher education makes it inaccessible for people like me and those in my community. Education should be accessible to all, despite economic status! That's what motivated me to work with Rise. We plan to continue the movement for free higher education, and we encourage you all to join us in the action! Start by registering to vote!โ€ โ €
To get in contact with Michael email ๐Ÿ“ฉ michael@carise.org

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