Tuition-Free Colleges

Tuition-Free Colleges

The U.S. government offers some of the best deals around — enroll at one of the five service academies tuition-free and receive free room and board. But if military service isn’t for you, other schools offer tuition-free education as well.

  1. College of the Ozarks
    www.cofo.edu/
    One of the top liberal arts colleges in the Midwest. Students pay no tuition and work at least 15 hours a week at a campus work station. At this school of 1,400; students are graded on their work performance in addition to their academics.
  2. Deep Springs College
    www.deepsprings.edu/
    Deep Springs is a two-year, all-male liberal arts college located on a cattle ranch and alfalfa farm in the Inyo-White Mountains of California’s High Desert. Every student admitted – 10 to 15 per year – receives free tuition, room, and board, and works at least 20 hours a week on the ranch. Most students complete their degrees at prestigious four-year schools after leaving Deep Springs.
  3. Berea College
    www.berea.edu/
    The first interracial and co-ed college in the South, every student admitted to Berea College in Kentucky receives a full-tuition scholarship valued at more than $90,000. Students are required to work at least 10 hours a week in one of more than 140 departments, and while room, board, and books are not covered, the work-study program enables some of the 1,500 students to lighten their financial. Berea offers degrees in 28 fields.
  4. Olin College of Engineering
    www.olin.edu/
    Olin College is a school of 300 in Neeedham, Mass., where every admitted student receives four years of free tuition valued at $130,000. The school is funded by a $400 million grant from thF.W. Olin Foundation and ranks as one of the top undergraduate engineering programs in the country.
  5. Cooper Union
    cooper.edu/
    Located in Manhattan, Cooper Union offers degree programs in art, architecture, and engineering, and every admitted student receives four years of free tuition valued at $130,000. The admissions rate at Cooper Union is about 8 percent, while the enrollment is a little more than 900. The Cooper Union endowment is valued at nearly $600 million.
  6. Curtis Institute of Music
    www.curtis.edu/
    Like Juillard, the Curtis Institute of Music is considered one of the most prestigious performing arts conservatories in the world. Unlike Juillard, tuition at Curtis is free. Every student admitted to the school of 160 in Philadelphia is provided a full scholarship, and all piano, harpsichord, composition, and conducting majors are lent Steinway grand pianos.
  7. Alice Lloyd College
    www.alc.edu/
    All students at Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, KY., are required to work at least 10 hours per week in exchange for free tuition. Students who need additional financial aid to pay for room and board may work up to 15 hours per week. Jobs at the school of 550 are assigned based on a student’s work experience and personal preference.
  8. Web Institute
    www.webb-institute.edu/Webb Institute is an engineering college in Glen Cove, NY offering full tuition scholarships for the study of naval architecture and marine engineering.
  9. Barclay College
    www.barclaycollege.edu/
    Barclay College in Haviland, Kansas offers a full tuition scholarship (also known as our Free Tuition Scholarship) to all on-campus students. This scholarship is worth $11000 per student.
  10. US Military Academy
    www.usma.edu/
    The United States Military Academy at West Point is a four-year coeducational federal service academy located in West Point, New York.
  11. US Air Force Academy
    www.usafa.af.mil/
    The United States Air Force Academy is a military school for officer candidates for the United States Air Force. Its campus is located immediately north of Colorado Springs in El Paso County, Colorado
  12. US Merchant Marine Academy
    www.usmma.edu/
    The United States Merchant Marine Academy is one of the five United States Service academies. It is charged with training officers for the United States Merchant Marine, branches of the military, or the transportation industry
  13. US Coast Guard Academy
    www.uscga.edu/
    The United States Coast Guard Academy is the military academy of the United States Coast Guard. Located in New London, Connecticut, it is the smallest of the five federal service academies
  14. William E. Macaulay Honors College
    www.macaulay.cuny.edu/William E. Macaulay Honors College @ CUNY is a flagship program for 1,400 high achieving students at The City University of New York offering Full Undergraduate Tuition Scholarship, Laptop computer and $7500 Opportunities Fund to pursue global research, study, service, and internships.

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