Hunter College and CUNY students, faculty and community members came together Tuesday to call on 2016 presidential candidates to support a national goal of debt-free college at public institutions of higher education.

The event took place Tuesday, April 21 on the corner of 68th and Lexington. It was one of 10 events at college campuses around the nation this week, organized by local students and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a grassroots organization with 62,000 members in New York.

A policy paper by the think tank Demos and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee titled, “National Goal of Debt-Free College in America: A Blueprint,” describes how this goal would be achieved through a combination of federal aid to states, more aid to students and innovation that reduces the underlying costs of college. More than 200,000 Americans have already signed a petition at supporting the idea.