8 colleges where tuition is free

Strapped for tuition? These (very) small colleges offer free rides, although some have a work requirement.

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Jul 1, 2013 11:21AM

I think this is a great way to learn what it is like in the "real" world. To have to work towards your tuition is rewarding and gives students good work ethics. I don't know how many people have no work ethics, some of the students expect to be handed everything without having to work for it, spoiled by parents and money.

Jul 5, 2013 9:11AM
I wish someone would have offered me some type of 'deal' or help since I borrowed $75,000 for college (that was after I obtained a $10,000 scholarship on my own writing a 10 page paper,  completed  work study at school the entire 5 years, worked full-time 40 hours a week through college & took out the minimum amount borrowed) over 10 years ago, still cannot find a decent paying job where I can actually afford my student loan payments and to live above poverty. My last 5 years of taxes have been 'borderline' so of course-I didn't qualify for the earned income tax credit, didn't qualify for any help, etc. I originally wanted to be a doctor but nixed those plans after 5 & 1/2 years and almost $100,000 in debt. I even graduated with a 3.97 GPA-so much for good grades while working full-time. I couldn't afford anymore than 5 & 1/2 years. I fell through the cracks. The government told me when I was off work for surgery (after working all my life) that I didn't qualify for any help because I 'made' too much. How do you make 'too much' when you are getting no income (unemployment is not allowed if you are injured)?? Turns out- I owned too much so I was actually being penalized for working my whole life meanwhile many were playing the welfare system & living off of it their entire life & living good, too- better than me. What really made me mad was people on welfare were even given free college educations-then didn't finish or went back on welfare as soon as they were done while I was struggling. When I first graduated- they wanted $660 a month on my loans-I didn't even gross that amount every 2 weeks plus had living expenses. I swindled them down to 1/2 that amount (still difficult), my car was almost 10 years old & barely above dying. I had to keep pumping money into it because I could not afford a car payment on something better. The colleges were very misleading as both told me they would help me obtain a job (none ever did nor helped with a resume) and 12 years later here I am - I still owe at least 1/2 of the original amount ($37,000) while living humbly. I could have forgot about college & obtained 2 minimum wage jobs on my own without having loans and been better off but went thinking I would have a better life. It is sickening. There are very few jobs here that pay above $10 an hour.Many of my friends are in the same boat. Most of the time I work 60 hours a week, too-no overtime, 2 jobs-too tired to have a 'real' life. Vacation?? That will never happen unless I want to go camping 2-3 days in a tent with nothing-too tired for that. I feel fortunate as many are worse off than I am though. The American Dream is gone for people like me. I will be lucky to pay off these loans before retirement which won't ever happen either. I will have to work until I am 80.
Jul 1, 2013 8:55AM
Free? But they all have tuition prices. Free? What type of anus cavities are writing this sensationally misleading titles on bogus pointless articles?
Jul 5, 2013 6:35AM
Texas has free tuition: if you are a veteran and citizen of Texas, under the Hazlewood Act, you are exempt from tuition at any public college or university in Texas.  Not a bad deal at all.
Jul 5, 2013 4:05AM
people, at least read the article before you comment. Tuition amounts are listed, but the tuition is free for at least portion of the students, based on need.  These appear to be well=endowed private colleges.
Jul 5, 2013 10:12AM
The offering   of free   or reduced  tuition   is  wide spread  not just these  institutions.    The usual catch  is   some sort   of qualification   be   it need,    merit   or  the agreement to  work    during  the   time spent  at the school   or  work  a specified amount  of time after.    My  daughter  got  a full  scholarship   to  a top  private  school in  our state    between   her  merit,  a semester living on campus ( which we paid for)   and agreement to  teach  in  the state for a specified  period   her education   was free.    But  too many students   either are not willing to  work  especially  if  it means getting f  down  and dirty  and not partying   and    too many   just lack  the  merit to  qualify  for scholarships. 
There are  a great  many  small colleges  out there  that offer  very good  educations    they just are not big names with wasteful  sports programs.   It  is plain idiotic    to  run  up  100K  in  school  loans  that    a graduate   cannot pay back.  For many  a trade school  is a far better    education  than   a  degree   in something  that there are no  jobs  waiting  for graduates.  

Jul 1, 2013 4:05PM
this country will need hundreds more to cater to the millions of illegals the left wants to make legal . after all they have made so many sacrifices for this country by sneaking across our borders and having to live in the shadows paying taxes and feeding off our society . americans should hold off sending our children to any college until they allow our southern brothers from mexico and south america first place at the table .free free free free......that is if your not an american .
Jul 5, 2013 7:07AM
Cooper Union admission is based on scores and GPA.  Not on much else.
Aug 27, 2013 10:36AM
here is part of the problem, most students going to college aren't ready for it. Don't get me wrong I am sure there are some trying to better themselves but take a look at some of the other countries that are surpassing us in education and technology. I will use one in particular because I lived there for 4 years is South Korea. Once you graduate high school, prior to being allowed to go to college you have to do 2 years in the military or equivalent volunteer work. Once that is completed you go to college on the Govt's dime for the first two years as long as you maintain a certain GPA. anything above the two years the student is responsible for paying (or their families). Most students in the US are not ready for college and spend thier first year if not first two goofing off or parting because they are out of Moms house.
In S. Korea they learn very quickly that they do not want to go back to the military, they buckle down and do the best they can as soon as they get into school.

Jul 5, 2013 11:53AM
Gee the idea that you have to pay for someones services.
Jul 5, 2013 10:07AM
Jul 7, 2013 6:21AM
Wow!!!  What a bunch of whiny comments.
Jul 5, 2013 12:51PM

These "free" tuitions should really be described as: free to you as long as everyday people donate enough money or some rich person or foundation coughs up enough money, or the gov't grant comes through or the taxpayers pay for it. There might be some other ways I missed.


Don't get the wrong idea. I am not against the overall premise. I just wish we could be honest with ourselves and call it what it really is. Calling it free or advertising it as free gives people the wrong impression. My sixth grade teacher (30 years ago) told us "there is no such thing as a free lunch" and even then I could understand that. Nothing is free.

Jun 28, 2013 10:00PM
MSN, you should do an article on ending the War on Drugs which is definitely a more pressing matter and that effects almost every person in the world instead of outrageous US tuitions for going to college. I already figued out the solution for not having to go to school.  Self-motivation and a knowledge of current pirating techniques. If there is something I want to learn, I can have lectures and books on it within 30 minutes. The only way we can progress forward is with FREE EDUCATION.  But of course people in power and higher positions do not see the benefits of this approach. 

'Merica! Cricling the drain.

Sep 24, 2013 1:15PM
Jul 12, 2013 3:52PM
Why doesn't some liberal "one percenter" come forward and cover Cooper Union's financial shortfall?!
Jul 5, 2013 8:25PM

The "free" tuition at Haviland comes with dormitory costs of $11k per year ....which is still way out of the question when searching for an affordable college for my economically challenged little sister.  It does not mention if text books are also included w/the free tuition, which can be hundreds of dollars each semester.  $11,000 for dorm and meals for 9 months equals over $1300 a month.  It's been a long time since I went to college, but surely a college student could live off campus and eat for a lot less than $1300  per month in a small Kansas town? It looks like a nice school, but I am disappointed upon the misleading twist of this article.

Jul 5, 2013 6:07AM
and free if your an illegal .......................

President Jamshed Bharucha’s

   And what are the percentages of foreigners at this US Taxpaid institution
   NOTE Nothing is F R E E!

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