Resources to Address “Free Tuition” Initiatives No Share Share this page on Twitter Share this page on Facebook Share this page on LinkedIn Print this page Email this page Page ContentA few days after New York State approved its “free tuition” plan in April 2017, the Council of Independent Colleges released a research report showing how a modest increase in state tuition grants to students who enroll in private colleges could save tax dollars and increase the number of college graduates in many states. The report, Utilizing Independent Colleges and Universities to Fulfill States’ College Degree Attainment Goals, was prepared by researchers William Zumeta of the University of Washington and Nick Huntington-Klein of California State University, Fullerton.New York State alone would save $159 million, according to this research study, and several articles were published about New York’s plan and the findings of the CIC report. A number of additional states are considering some form of “free tuition” policy. Especially for CIC member colleges in those states, this report and resources may be helpful, including subsequent news articles, related research, and other discussions of this issue. CIC will continue to add material to this site.This report is available online only as a PDF.Download Utilizing Independent Colleges and Universities to Fulfill States’ College Degree Attainment Goals Media Coverage of the Report Private Colleges Can Partner to Solve IssuesEdwardsville Intelligencer, May 8, 2017 Report: States Could Save Funds by Assisting Students with Private College TuitionEducation Dive, April 17, 2017Incentives to Attend Private Colleges Could Save States Money and Raise Graduation RatesChronicle of Higher Education, April 14, 2017 OTHER Resources ABOUT “FREE Tuition” Initiatives CIC has posted several links below and will continue to add new items. Not Exactly FreeInside Higher Ed, May 16, 2017 Understanding New York State’s Excelsior ScholarshipMedaille College, May 10, 2017 As College Deadlines Near, Families Wonder What They Can PayNew York Times, April 28, 2017 As May 1 Nears, N.Y.’s Free-Tuition Plan Sows Confusion About What Private Colleges Can OfferChronicle of Higher Education, April 24, 2017 The Cuomo College FiascoNew York Times, April 14, 2017 Don’t Forget Private, Non-Profit CollegesBrookings Institution Report, February 16, 2017 How Clinton's 'Free College' Could Cause a Cascade of ProblemsChronicle of Higher Education, July 27, 2016 CIC encourages member institutions to share interviews and articles relevant to this issue by emailing them to firstname.lastname@example.org. InfographicsYou also may find these infographics developed by CIC helpful in demonstrating the strengths of private colleges and universities.