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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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  • "Learning empowers me . . . I'm really grateful to have access to such amazing classes and faculty, and after graduation I plan to help spread this knowledge beyond academia and back into our communities." -Alejandro, CSU Chico ⠀
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"I'm a junior at CSU, Chico (visiting CSULB for Fall 2018) double majoring in Multicultural and Gender Studies and Latinx Studies, with a minor in Womxn Studies and Latin American Studies. My tuition is covered completely by loans, and I work and have parent support for rent and food. However I'll be graduating with about $20,000 in student loans. I have a younger sister going into college as soon as I'm planned to graduate, so I have to keep it under four years so that she can be supported. ⠀
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Learning empowers me, especially when I get to learn about about the history and resistance of the oppressed. Especially as a Queer person of color I've come to realized how history of our resistance is erased, and is substituted with a white, cisgender, heteronormative, and male dominated account of history. I'm really grateful to have access to such amazing classes and faculty, and after graduation I plan to help spread this knowledge beyond academia and back into our communities. ⠀
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Tuition should be free because higher education is currently inaccessible to marginalized folxs, yet was free back when the majority of CSU students were white. Though many students would still unfortunately find themselves struggling with rent and groceries even with free tuition, free tuition is a necessary step towards abolishing class inequality." -Alejandro
  • "I have always loved learning and I've always highly valued education, so I wanted to pursue an even greater education after college. I was also motivated by the knowledge that many jobs can't be won with only a high school diploma. My parents are helping me a lot with funding for college, but I'm also working jobs over the summer. My hours have varied depending on the job. One year I didn't start until later in the summer and I was full time. I worked winter break that year, too, and this year I started early summer but worked part time. The school I go to is very helpful with grants. FAFSA plays a major role in helping me through college. If not free, I highly believe the cost of tuition should be cut considerably. I understand that higher education is a privilege, but the price of it is getting outrageously out of hand. In order to get a decent-paying job, students are sacrificing years and years of pay to try and pay off student loans. We are reaching the point where the cost of college outweighs what that education offers us in the workforce. If college was free, more people could afford to go and society as a whole could benefit from it." -Cassandra, UCSB
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  • “With free college, I would be happy and stress free." -Michelle, Pomona High School⠀
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"I come from a low income area, so paying for college is a concern. If we had free college tuition, I could pursue a higher education. I would be able to help my family with their expenses rather than adding my tuition onto their bills. I don’t want to be in debt in the future, and trying to pay off my student loans. With free college, I could be happy and stress free.” - Michelle, Pomona High School
  • “Education is empowering. In college, you get answers to your questions - everyone should be able to be here.” -Natalia, Orange Coast College
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“I love learning and always had that passion to want to learn why things work the way they do. I want to keep learning. My major is business administration with a focus in administration. After I graduate I want to start my own business, maybe a non-profit. I want to bring education to communities that need it, whether it’s here in the US or in other countries - people always need help. ⠀
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I pay my tuition out of pocket. I work, so I have to do school part time. I tried financial aid last semester but I felt the burden because I had to be a full time student and I couldn’t do it. My parents occasionally support me with books, but I want to be able to pay for my own things. I feel like I should be able to for my own things even though they’re supportive. ⠀
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Tuition should be free because people get financially discouraged. The financial burden is an added stress to the existing stress that we already have with trying to afford housing, food, and transportation. Accessible transportation is a big issue, especially in Southern California. ⠀
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Education is empowering. In college, you get answers to your questions - everyone should be able to be here.” -Natalia, Orange Coast College
  • We’re excited to have our work with VoteCrew featured in the @sfchronicle 📰✨🙌 We’re also hiring! Make $15/hr to bring VoteCrew to your campus (link in bio) 🗳💫
  • “Growing up, I was the youngest of nine children. However, I am the first in my family to go to college.” ⠀
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“In retrospect, I never thought about how I was going to be able to afford the cost of college, primarily because I did not have much exposure to people in my family and/or life going to college in the first place. As a result, I had no idea what the cost of college would entail. I believe that the cost of college may deter qualified students from attending due to the ever-increasing tuition amount. I imagine all of the students before me, and those still aspiring to pursue higher education, who are unable to attend college due to the cost. ⠀
As it came time to apply to college, I became aware of options such as scholarships and grants, which ultimately comprise my financial aid and my ability to afford to go to a University. There are many other people who were or are like me but do not know they have these options. Conversely, what about those students who are just as qualified as myself, but they do not qualify for the financial aid that I have received? Put simply, if tuition were free for public schools, students would have the opportunity to achieve their academic goals without the financial burden of debt or the stressors that come with affording college. Ultimately, I chose to go to college because in order to pursue my career goals, I needed to earn a college degree. Now that I have one, I plan to go on to graduate school and still work towards achieving my academic and personal goals of becoming a lawyer. Not everyone can have this luxury or option, even though many may share this dream. As such, I support the free tuition in public higher education for this reason.” - Kelly, CSULB
  • We’re rallying students to vote this year to help make college free for students like Tammy. Check out their story ⬇️🙏📚⠀
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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
  • If you don’t think your vote is important, here’s a #Throwback to the 1960 election where John F. Kennedy beat Richard Nixon by *only* 118,000 popular votes (that’s less than 1/4 the size of the CSU system 😱) and 84 electoral college votes. ⠀
Your. Vote. Matters.
  • “I chose to go to college because I love learning. I think it's important for people to ask questions and want to know how everything works. I’m lucky because I don’t have to worry about a lot of things other students do. If I did then I know I probably wouldn’t be as successful and wouldn’t come to classes as often as I do. I know it just wouldn’t be possible. Some of my friends worry about things that I don’t worry about. For example, I have a friend who gets up earlier to drive to pick up other two friends so they can save money on gas and parking. Transportation is big and important to people. Tuition should be free and we should also look at other things that make it hard for students. Education should not depend on how much money or resources your parents had.” -Tran, Orange Coast College

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