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6 colleges that offer free tuition

Not every college costs an arm and a leg. If you're willing to milk cows, work in a hotel or study for the ministry, you could earn yourself a free college education.

By Smart Spending Editor Aug 26, 2013 5:56PM
We all know about the outrageous growth in college costs, which have outpaced the cost of inflation for decades. President Obama recently said that the costs of ever-rising tuition are unsustainable, and has announced a federal proposal to check costs.

In the meantime, there are workarounds. Including finding smaller, out-of-the-way or under-the-radar colleges that offer, among other things, free tuition.

Impossible, you say? Not at all. Here in this video are six colleges that offer free tuition in exchange for work or other agreements.

Aug 26, 2013 8:11PM
You need to advertise this item more and in more places.  As it goes today, College education isn't worth the time and money.  Here are some examples of poor College habits.

Even when the cost of tuition, room and board and meals costs are either not used or are partially paid for by grants, loans, etc., the greedy teachers (so called Professors) make it mandatory that the students used a text book written by the greedy teacher; and, the cost is usually between two and three hundred dollars.  Elizabethtown Community College in Kentucky is a prime example of this unchecked practice (all colleges and universities allow their greedy teachers use this practice to supplement their income).  This practice should not be allowed; no teacher should be permitted to use a self written text book to teach a class and charge the student for the book.  This is just another reason education costs are so high and some of the time the quality of education suffers because the text book is not the best quality of material.  This is an area the Federal government should look very closely at and prohibit the practice. 

Let us not pick on just Elizabethtown CC.  You, a 20 year old, unemployed individual wants to go to a Community College, so you apply for a grant and you get it. You are happy.  On you first day of school everything goes to Hell.  The teacher tells you what supplies you need, what books you need and what additional fees you must pay to continue the class; the catch is, these items must be in your hands by the next class which is day after tomorrow.  You go over to the finance section of the college and tell them you need money, from your grant, to buy the things you need for class. The person in charge tells you that the money can’t be given out for at least two weeks; you have a sinking spell.  What do you do?  The grant givers do not have a brain in their head; they do not realize how their decisions affect the students; that is one of the reasons why the drop for first year students is around 30%.  One other helpful thing to know; Tennessee no longer offers assistance, in the form of a $3000 grant, paid out of lottery money, to assist students beginning college.  When you put it all together, you get screwed no matter where you turn for help.

Aug 27, 2013 8:25AM

You overlooked five other great colleges, all offering a great education in liberal arts and sciences at no charge, room, board, 'fees' all covered and a cash stipend as well, no loans required, plus guaranteed professional employment upon graduation, all U S Service Academies:

US Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs, CO since 1954

US Coast Guard Academy at New London, CT since 1876

US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY since 1943

US Military Academy at West Point, NY since 1802

US Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD since 1845



Aug 26, 2013 8:03PM
Aug 26, 2013 9:54PM
Someone is footing the bill. Nothing is free.
Aug 27, 2013 6:48AM



Aug 27, 2013 8:04AM
damn, I was hoping Trump University was on the list
Aug 27, 2013 10:33AM

I think they forgot you not get education for free in the "pen" ?


And what about the mandatory classes you have to take,  even though it has nothing to do with your major...I used to call them "junk courses",  guess it keeps some departments going.  They would say it is for a well rounded education,  but why did I have to take some of the humanity courses,  like sociology...etc...I was a business major,  and did not see any reason to have to take music and art history to satisfy my graduation requirements.  Would have rather taken more business and computer courses

Aug 27, 2013 11:34AM
Here's a flash from the past: there was a time not so long ago, where a college education was free in the states of California and Texas. That's right, a full ride to any qualified resident HS grad. Gosh, where did the money go?
Aug 27, 2013 10:40AM
Please talk about the undeniable value of attending college courtesy of the government.  All branches of the U.S. military have excellent programs that not only cover tuition and textbooks, but a monthly stipend for the student, all in return for four short years of military service (as an officer!).
Aug 27, 2013 6:41AM
Free college in Malta. Even get paid monthly for attending
Aug 27, 2013 2:04PM

cooper union is free tuition, but it's very expensive to live in nyc - even as a student.

Aug 27, 2013 1:34PM

a lot of schools are free if you have really, really high SAT, GRE, etc. test scores,




Aug 27, 2013 12:34PM
My daughter graduated from Niagara University in 2000 or so she thought.  She received a phone call telling her she was two courses short of graduation.  Well, the university "found" one course but then told her she could finish up online with one of their professors. Make that two professors who had co-wrote the course book and the book wasn't available in their own book store! I had to go to Barnes and Noble and special order the book which cost a small fortune.  What a rip off. And the universities let these professors get away with such stuff with a straight face.  Unbelievable. Over the years my daughter and her room mate have received solictations for donations to Niagara.  Hell will freeze over first.
Aug 27, 2013 1:58PM
this isn't free. while it may be cheaper its still paying.
Aug 27, 2013 2:39PM
Anyone interested in attending my university its completely free.  Just name your degree program.  Transcript and degree are $75 + $8 shipping.  Graduate degrees and transcripts add $25.  Hurry before supplies run out....errr.... enrollment deadline ends.  Fully accredited by the northwest southeastern association of schools.
Aug 27, 2013 1:53PM

princeton students get a lot of help from the school.


their students have the lowest per-capita student load debt of any university/college students in america.


i think mayor bloomberg, an alum, gave the school a huge gift a few years ago.


also, with a princeton degree you'll never be unemployed.


someone will always want you at least for teaching.


there aren't a lot of schools left with that kind of clout.

Aug 31, 2013 10:08PM

I'm actually a Graduate of Alice Lloyd College.  It actually was around 99% free for me.  It only had a little over 600 students then and is mainly a teachers college.  Every one must do 10 to 15 hours a week of workstudy that is not "paid".  It is a very strict school, lots of rules and will kick you out in a heart beat.  Its in a very poor area of Eastern Kentucky, very rural. 

The free tuition part is real but for room and meals you did have to qualify for a scholarship and maintain a min GPA.  But myself and all of my friends graduated with zero student debt.   It is a very odd Northern Exposure surreal kind of place.  Lots of retired professors and ones just out of grad school when I was there.  Most Students and staff live on campus, they are the town.  Sort of like living in a state park.   

Aug 31, 2013 6:16AM
Some major colleges receive millions in donations from donors every year but also have some of the highest yearly costs meaning they never use the donations to offset fee's. Both health care and education costs are rising at 10% to 15% rates and neither is sustainable. I don't know the answer but something will have to be done or there will come a day when neither will be available to anyone but the wealthy.
Aug 27, 2013 3:06PM
What kind of colleges are these? clown schools? or jesus colleges no good school is free. nothing is free in life sorry (not)
Aug 27, 2013 8:26AM
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