Students @ the Fest

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Students @ the Fest
A unique TribFest experience for students

Students @ the Fest is the New Politics Forum's unique student experience at the Texas Tribune Festival, a three-day event of debate and dialogue with Texas politicians, journalists, and active politicos. Students gain full access to the fest, networking opportunities, and opportunities to engage in civic dialogue with peers and speakers. Students @ the Fest provides a home base for an engaged student cohort at the hectic and high-speed political festival. 

Registration will open July 3, 2023. 

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Special Students @ the Fest Opportunities

Student Breakfasts: 

On Friday and Saturday, students will meet other college and university students attending the fest over a complimentary breakfast. 

Lunch and Learn: 

Students will get the chance to have exclusive, in-depth conversations with some of TribFest's speakers, all during lunch. Each table at the Lunch and Learn will host at least one speaker from the fest.

A Homebase: 

Students @ the Fest offers a close-knit, home base while navigating the festival. Participants will experience the festival with a cohort of 30 other students and have the opportunity to build relationships, engage with various speakers, and have shared touchpoints throughout the program. 

Join us at this year's Students @ the Fest 

The Details:


Applications are open for all college students! Priority will be given to Central Texas students.


Admitted students must attend programming on Friday, Sept. 23 & Saturday, Sept 24. They are encouraged to attend optional TribFest events on Thursday, Sept. 22.


Downtown Austin, TX

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Read through our Program Overview

Learn more about the Texas Tribune Festival

Contact Info

Contact our Program Coordinator
Bianca Solis