With college costs sky-rocketing over the past decade and outpacing inflation faster than most industries in the country, it’s hard to imagine that you can actually go to college for free! Yes, that’s right, there are universities and colleges out there that will cover your tuition!
While these various universities each have fairly stringent admission requirements, and have relatively small enrollment numbers, they’re worth considering as your high school child starts preparing for college. A few of these schools offer free tuition without any strings attached, however many of them require students to work a part-time job throughout their 4-year education.
1. Cooper Union
Located in New York, NY, Cooper Union specializes in Art, Engineering, and Architecture. The school has an enrollment of approximately 1,000 students, and by doing a little bit of math one can presume that their annual enrollment would be around 250 students.
While Cooper Union offers a tuition free education, there will be expenses that you’re expected to cover such as room and board, meals, textbooks, and any other tools your child may need for their classes.
2. College of the Ozarks
Nicknamed “Hard Work U”, College of the Ozarks located near Branson, Missouri requires each student to work a part-time job 15 hours/week and two additional weeks of 40 hours. The school has a Work Education Program where they have on-campus jobs lined up for each student (so your child doesn’t have to find the job on their own).
Along with financial aid and the compensation through the Work Education Program, students will have a majority of their tuition covered and whatever is not met will be fulfilled by the school’s endowment and scholarship fund.
According to the school’s website they receive approximately 3,000 applications each year and only admit 300-350 students.
3. Alice Lloyd College
Alice Lloyd College is a small school of approximately 600 undergraduate students and is located in Kentucky. Much like the College of the Ozarks, students are required to work a part-time job of 10 hours a week in exchange for the free tuition, and those needing financial assistance to cover room and board will be asked to work 15 hours/week.
With a 7% acceptance rate it will be tough to get into this small school but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t encourage your student to apply. Majors include Business Administration, Biology, Kinesiology, and a myriad of Education-related subjects.
4. Berea College
Located in Berea, Kentucky this school focuses on providing free tuition to promising students who may not have the financial ability to pay for college on their own. With an undergrad enrollment of 1,600 students and a value of $90,000 placed on their 4-year education, Berea may be a great college to consider if you’re a low-income family as their enrollment rate is around 17%.
Berea is another college that requires each student to work an on-campus part-time of 10 hours a week.
5. Olin College of Engineering
This small engineering school located in Needham, Massachusetts sports an enrollment of 350 students. While they do not offer a tuition free education, they do give a half-tuition scholarship to every student that is admitted. With a tuition cost of $40,000/year, that’s an $80,000 scholarship over the 4-year education!
Olin College has extremely stringent admission requirements, so if your child is highly intelligent and interested in pursuing an Electrical, Computer, or Mechanical Engineering degree, then encourage them to look into the small Northeastern school.
6. Curtis Institute of Music
Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, this school is even smaller than Olin College as they only have an undergrad enrollment of under 200 students!
According to their website, the Curtis Institute of Music “educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level” while offering them a tuition free education.
7. The Academies
While many parents aren’t excited to ship their kids off to the military, the different armed forces branches offer tuition free education in exchange for years of service. The Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine, Military, and Naval Academies are all excellent options when considering a tuition free education.
With the never-ending rise of college tuition costs, it’s always wise to find whatever means possible to save money on your children’s college education. While saving money on books and hunting for scholarships should definitely be on your “to do” list, consider these tuition free universities as you decide which schools to apply for.
Did you know there were this many schools that offered free tuition? Do you think it’s a detriment to have students working part-time jobs instead of partying it up as most college students do?
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