California Democratic Party Endorses Tuition Free-Public College


August 31, 2017

Contact: Amy Hines-Shaikh

Director, Reclaim Higher Education Coalition

Tel: (562) 201-9243

Contact: Jonathan Abboud

Vice President, Santa Barbara CCD Board of Trustees

Tel: (310) 734 9791

California Democratic Party Endorses Tuition-Free Public College

“$48 Fix” Can Make Higher Ed Accessible to All – And Alleviate Student Debt Crisis

SACRAMENTO, CA – Just days before a state Assembly hearing on the Master Plan for Higher Education California, the California Democratic Party passed the resolution “Reclaim Public Higher Education” on Sunday that would make California first-in-the-nation with tuition-free public colleges. The resolution states that the California Democratic Party fully supports a return to the Master Plan of 1960 by eliminating all tuition and fees at the University of California, California State University, and California Community Colleges for all students. The resolution would help address the national student debt crisis by providing cost-of-living financial aid while students are in college.

The resolution refers to the “$48 Fix” as a way to finance this return to the Master Plan’s definition of free public college for all residents of California. The $48 Fix is a progressive income tax costing just $48 or less a year for half of the taxpaying population; this would eliminate all tuition and fees at public colleges in California. The $48 Fix policy paper can be viewed at  Advocates can endorse the plan at

“We look forward to working with Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Palo Alto) and the esteemed members of the select committee to reaffirm the Master Plan with full funding and sufficient state investment as outlined in the $48 Fix and the resolution passed by the Democratic Party this past weekend,” said Amy Hines-Shaikh, Director of Reclaim CA Higher Education Coalition, delegate to the California Democratic Party, and a co-author of the resolution.

The $48 Fix would also invest greatly in schools so that students can earn top-quality education in a timely manner, said Jonathan Abboud, also a delegate and co-author and elected Community College Trustee. “The California Democratic Party’s endorsement is a clear sign that now is the time to act to bring back tuition-free higher education to California,” said Abboud. “Breaking down the barriers to higher education is a crucial step to ensuring a better future for all Californians and one without the burdens of student debt.”

Said Daraka Larimore-Hall, Vice Chair of the California Democratic Party:  “100 years ago progressives fought for and won universal K-12 education and the middle class prospered as a result. It is clear 12th grade no longer cuts it. We must expand free education to include public colleges so that everyone can have an opportunity at a successful middle class life.”


We are the Reclaim CA Higher Education Coalition. Our mission is to reclaim the Donahoe Act of 1960, otherwise known as California’s Master Plan for Higher Education. We advocate for a return to its vision of affordable, accessible, quality public higher education for all Californians. In our advocacy, we include all stakeholders, such as students, parents, workers, unions, community groups, faith leaders, educational organizations, elected representatives, and the faculty, staff, and administrators from the higher education systems: the California Community Colleges, the California State University, and the University of California.

One thought on “California Democratic Party Endorses Tuition Free-Public College

  1. Government should be about improving the lives of its citizens. Making college affordable again will provide opportunities for many talented, smart, broke, students who otherwise would not be able to attend college.

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