Eight Tuition-Free Colleges

By | May 16, 2009

http://xenophilia.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/CurtisonTour-1.jpgDuring 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, the U.S. government offers one of the best deals around: Enroll at one of the five service academies tuition-free and receive free room and board. (And you thought the Grand Slam promotion at Denny’s was cool.) But if military service isn’t for you, here are eight other schools that offer tuition-free educations:

1. College of the Ozarks

Several schools share the “Linebacker U” and “Quarterback U” monikers in reference to the NFL talent that their college football programs produce, but the only “Hard Work U” is located in Point Lookout, Missouri. In 1973, a Wall Street Journal reporter bestowed that title on the College of the Ozarks, where students pay no tuition and work at least 15 hours a week at a campus work station. Jobs are taken seriously at the school of 1,400; students are graded on their work performance in addition to their academics. …

2. Deep Springs College

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. To get an idea of just how isolated the school is, consider the explanation for its policy forbidding smoking in any of the school’s buildings or near hay bales: “We’re 45 minutes from the nearest emergency services, so a fire could be disastrous.” 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. The manual labor ranges from washing dishes to milking cows. Most students complete their degrees at prestigious four-year schools after leaving Deep Springs.  …

3. UC Irvine School of Law, Class of ’12

In an effort to attract the best and brightest students for its inaugural class, the University of California, Irvine School of Law is offering a free ride to all 60 students admitted this fall. Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, a constitutional law scholar, told reporters, “Our goal is to be a top-20 law school from the first time we are ranked.” By early February, the number of applicants at California’s first new public law school in 40 years had topped 1,000. The school will rely on grants and donations to cover the estimated $6 million it will cost to put each of the students in the first class through the program.  …

4. Berea College

Thanks to a large endowment, 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 load even more. Berea offers degrees in 28 fields. …

5. Olin College of Engineering

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 the F.W. Olin Foundation and ranks as one of the top undergraduate engineering programs in the country. There is great emphasis placed on philanthropy at Olin; students are encouraged to develop creative ideas that address societal needs and help make the world a better place. …

6. Cooper Union

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. According to a recent article in the New York Times, applications for early decision to the school were up 70% this year. The admissions rate at Cooper Union is about 8%, while the enrollment is a little more than 900. The Cooper Union endowment is valued at nearly $600 million. …

7. Curtis Institute of Music

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. As part of their training, students at Curtis host over 100 public concerts each year, and receive one-on-one instruction from the musically accomplished faculty. …

8. Alice Lloyd College

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….

via Eight Tuition-Free Colleges – WSJ.com.

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11 thoughts on “Eight Tuition-Free Colleges

  1. Pete the Drum Scientist

    I don’t know what it is, but Deep Springs is a creepy place, and the whole story of it has creeped me out since visiting 15 years ago. It’s a beautiful place that I happened upon while off roading in my VW buss down in Owens Valley. After returning to Sacramento, I went online and checked it out. Purposely isolated, founded by a rich dude, and a boys-only type place that is free of charge by working the farm.
    I can’t explain it.

  2. khushboo sharma

    thanks for the valuable information can you please send me some information about admission details and courses offered by berea and alice llyod college via email



  4. khalid mahmood

    i am from pakistan.i am graduate and having diploma in travel, tourism & hotel management also having ten years experience in hotel industry as a house keeping supervisor.now i want to take admission at sweden tution free colleges in catering (chef) field. kindly help me to find best tution free colleges and universities in this field for further study,also guide me properly how to get admission in these colleges and universities.waiting your reply as soon as possible.
    with best regard.
    yours sincerily,
    khalid mahmood

  5. Jay Osmith

    This is very informative. I want to hear about
    tuition-free graduate degree programs. Are
    there colleges and universites that offer
    tuition-free graduate degree programs?
    Masters and doctoral degrees debt free?
    possibly online?

  6. Harlem

    Can u tell me what and what it takes 2 process admision into berea and deep spring colleges i.e internatinal prospectus

  7. Mosaddek Hussain

    Dear Sir,
    I am very much interested to pursue PhD/Master degree in Public Administration/Public policy/HR Management/Int’l Management in a tuition free institution/university. Can anybody help me to find out the universities and colleges where I can study the course withot tuition? Waiting for reply and detailed information.
    Mosaddek Hussain

  8. Francis Obarisiagbon

    Am a nigerian, a graduate of accounting education am interested in master programmes in berea college. How am i going to get the international prospertus Thanks.


    wanna study in medicine or relavent subj.in masters prog without tuition fees and living cost,thanks

  10. Noah Shaibu Alawiye

    I am a Ghanaian and a Graduate,I would like u to inform me about tution free univerties in europe that offers master courses in oil and gas programs, Thank u.

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