No that’s not a typo or misstatement. Did you know that more than a dozen colleges offer a four-year, tuition-free education? During difficult economic times, the cost of higher education leaves many students wondering if they can afford to go to college. For those who want to avoid being saddled with huge loans, these schools may provide a great alternative.
Although the colleges don’t charge tuition, most charge for room and board and other incidental expenses such as books, supplies and equipment, transportation, health insurance, personal expenses and so on. Many require students to work and several are located in rural areas.
These colleges include:
- Alice Lloyd College (KY)
- Barclay College (KS)
- Berea College (KY)
- College of the Ozarks (MO)
- Cooper Union (NY)
- Curtis Institute of Music (PA)
- Deep Springs College (CA)
- Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering (MA)
- Saint Louis Christian College (MO)
- Webb Institute (NY)
- William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY (NY)
- Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades (PA)
Armed Forces colleges
The various Armed Forces colleges, including the U.S. Military Academy (West Point, NY), U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD) and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point, NY), do not charge any tuition.
It’s all about options
Students and parents concerned about how they’re going to pay for college might want to consider one of these tuition-free schools. Although there are not that many of them, they may be an attractive option for those looking to walk away from college debt-free or with minimum debt.
Remember, knowledge is power!
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