Free Public Higher Education

Student debt sits at $1.3 trillion, and the average student graduates with over $35,000 in student loan debt. Our system of debt-based higher education is completely unsustainable, and everyone knows it.

Investing in education is a proactive response to the complex dilemmas facing this country. Free Higher Education is about restoring opportunities to marginalized communities. It is about empowering the next generation of leaders to build a just and stable future.

We are challenging public officials at the statewide and federal levels, as well as candidates running for office in 2016, to commit to being champions for Free Higher Education.

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  • University of Southern California
    Student debt sits at $1.3 trillion, and the average student graduates with over $35,000 in debt. Our system of debt-based higher education is completely unsustainable, and everyone knows it. Rising costs are preventing students of color, working class students, and students from many other marginalized groups from attaining an education. Campuses are becoming less diverse, which creates inequality inside and outside of campus. At the same time, we are facing deep social crises around racial, economic, and environmental injustice. Now more than ever, we need our universities to serve us by developing the leaders of tomorrow. Investing in education is a proactive response to the complex dilemmas facing this country. Free Higher Education is about restoring opportunities to marginalized communities. It is about empowering the next generation of leaders to build a just and stable future. We are challenging all public officials at the statewide and federal levels, as well as candidates running for office in 2016, to commit to be champions for Free Higher Education.
    1 of 100 Signatures
    Created by MOHAMED AHMED
  • Irvine
    Fight for Free Education
    Student debt sits at $1.3 trillion, and the average student graduates with over $35,000 in debt. Our system of debt-based higher education is completely unsustainable, and everyone knows it. Rising costs are preventing students of color, working class students, and students from many other marginalized groups from attaining an education. Campuses are becoming less diverse, which creates inequality inside and outside of campus. At the same time, we are facing deep social crises around racial, economic, and environmental injustice. Now more than ever, we need our universities to serve us by developing the leaders of tomorrow. Investing in education is a proactive response to the complex dilemmas facing this country. Free Higher Education is about restoring opportunities to marginalized communities. It is about empowering the next generation of leaders to build a just and stable future. We are challenging all public officials at the statewide and federal levels, as well as candidates running for office in 2016, to commit to be champions for Free Higher Education.
    5 of 100 Signatures
    Created by taylor chanes
  • Santa Barbara
    Attainable, Accessible, Affordable UC Santa Barbara
    Simply, education is a right and should be attainable, accessible and affordable for all students! Student debt sits at $1.3 trillion, and the average student graduates with over $35,000 in debt. Our system of debt-based higher education is completely unsustainable, and everyone knows it. Rising costs are preventing students of color, working class students, and students from many other marginalized groups from attaining an education. Campuses are becoming less diverse, which creates inequality inside and outside of campus. At the same time, we are facing deep social crises around racial, economic, and environmental injustice. Now more than ever, we need our universities to serve us by developing the leaders of tomorrow. Investing in education is a proactive response to the complex dilemmas facing this country. Free Higher Education is about restoring opportunities to marginalized communities. It is about empowering the next generation of leaders to build a just and stable future. We are challenging all public officials at the statewide and federal levels, as well as candidates running for office in 2016, to commit to be champions for Free Higher Education.
    238 of 300 Signatures
    Created by Zaher Akl Picture
  • Santa Cruz
    Slugs for Free Higher Education
    Student debt sits at $1.3 trillion, and the average student graduates with over $35,000 in debt. Our system of debt-based higher education is completely unsustainable, and everyone knows it. Rising costs are preventing students of color, working class students, and students from many other marginalized groups from attaining an education. Campuses are becoming less diverse, which creates inequality inside and outside of campus. At the same time, we are facing deep social crises around racial, economic, and environmental injustice. Now more than ever, we need our universities to serve us by developing the leaders of tomorrow. Investing in education is a proactive response to the complex dilemmas facing this country. Free Higher Education is about restoring opportunities to marginalized communities. It is about empowering the next generation of leaders to build a just and stable future. We are challenging all public officials at the statewide and federal levels, as well as candidates running for office in 2016, to commit to be champions for Free Higher Education.
    8 of 100 Signatures
    Created by Art Motta
  • Ames
    Iowa State for Free Higher Education
    Student debt sits at $1.3 trillion, and the average student graduates with over $35,000 in debt. Our system of debt-based higher education is completely unsustainable, and everyone knows it. Rising costs are preventing students of color, working class students, and students from many other marginalized groups from attaining an education. Campuses are becoming less diverse, which creates inequality inside and outside of campus. At the same time, we are facing deep social crises around racial, economic, and environmental injustice. Now more than ever, we need our universities to serve us by developing the leaders of tomorrow. Investing in education is a proactive response to the complex dilemmas facing this country. Free Higher Education is about restoring opportunities to marginalized communities. It is about empowering the next generation of leaders to build a just and stable future. We are challenging all public officials at the statewide and federal levels, as well as candidates running for office in 2016, to commit to be champions for Free Higher Education.
    1 of 100 Signatures
    Created by Meredith Cook
  • Ashland
    Southern Oregon University for Free Higher Education
    Student debt sits at $1.3 trillion, and the average student graduates with over $35,000 in student loan debt. Our system of debt-based higher education is completely unsustainable, and everyone knows it. Rising costs are preventing students of color, working class students, and students from many other marginalized groups from attaining an education. Campuses are becoming less diverse, which creates inequality inside and outside of campus. At the same time, we are facing deep social crises around racial, economic, and environmental injustice. Now more than ever, we need our universities to serve us by developing the leaders of tomorrow. Investing in education is a proactive response to the complex dilemmas facing this country. Free Higher Education is about restoring opportunities to marginalized communities. It is about empowering the next generation of leaders to build a just and stable future. We are challenging all public officials at the statewide and federal levels, as well as candidates running for office in 2016, to commit to be champions for Free Higher Education.
    1 of 100 Signatures
    Created by Emily Pfeiffer
  • Amherst
    UMass Access and Affordability
    Student debt sits at $1.3 trillion, and the average student graduates with over $35,000 in student loan debt. Our system of debt-based higher education is completely unsustainable, and everyone knows it. Rising costs are preventing students of color, working class students, non traditional students and students from many other marginalized groups from attaining an education. Campuses are becoming less diverse, which creates inequality inside and outside of campus. At the same time, we are facing deep social crises around racial, economic, and environmental injustice. Now more than ever, we need our universities to serve us by developing the leaders of tomorrow. Investing in education is a proactive response to the complex dilemmas facing this country. Free Higher Education is about restoring opportunities to marginalized communities. It is about empowering the next generation of leaders to build a just and stable future. We are challenging all public officials at the statewide and federal levels, as well as candidates running for office in 2016, to commit to be champions for Free Higher Education.
    1 of 100 Signatures
    Created by Filipe de Carvalho
  • Ankeny
    DMACC For Free Higher Ed
    Student debt sits at $1.3 trillion, and the average student graduates with over $35,000 in student loan debt. Our system of debt-based higher education is completely unsustainable, and everyone knows it. While Iowa community colleges are traditionally cheaper, they have also experienced continual tuition increases while public university tuition was frozen. The cost of attending, however is not restricted to tuition, but books, housing, transportation, and all of these costs have risen while aid has stagnated. Rising costs are preventing students of color, working class students, and students from many other marginalized groups from attaining an education. Campuses are becoming less diverse, which creates inequality inside and outside of campus. At the same time, we are facing deep social crises around racial, economic, and environmental injustice. Now more than ever, we need our universities and colleges to serve us by developing the leaders of tomorrow. Investing in education is a proactive response to the complex dilemmas facing this country. Free Higher Education is about restoring opportunities to marginalized communities. It is about empowering the next generation of leaders to build a just and stable future. We are challenging all public officials at the statewide and federal levels, as well as candidates running for office in 2016, to commit to be champions for Free Higher Education.
    53 of 100 Signatures
    Created by John Ashton