10 Best Tuition Free Colleges

Macaulay Honors College

(The Honors College of The City University of New York) was founded in 2001. As part of the City University of New Yo rk, Macaulay is located on the Upper West Side, near Lincoln Center and Central Park. Macaulay’s mission: to offer “exceptional students transformative opportunities to develop their potential beyond what they ever imagined”. To receive this education tuition free, all you have do (besides gain acceptance) is CUNY NYS residency requirements. Wit h all the money saved on tuition, you can afford to live in NYC.

U.S. Air Force Academy

Like the rest of the military academies, free tuitio n/tuition re-imbursement at the U.S. Air Force Academy is dependent on your service for a full te rm (usually four years) after you graduate. That said, at the U.S. Air Force Academy, you w ill have exposure to D1 athletics, top tier education (most notated for sciences a nd engineering), graduate and enter the Air Force as an Officer, and you are able to experience the beauty of Colorado Springs, CO.

West Point/Annapolis

Like the Air Force Academy, at West Point (Army branch ) and Annapolis (Navy/Marine branches), graduates receive a top-tier education in the f ield of their choosing along with learning military science, strategy, and history in excha nge for a full term of service when they graduate (as Officers, no less). These schools ar e considered some of the finest leadership academies in the world, and with good reason: gradua tes go on to command the United States Armed Forces, and also find careers wit h top firms around the world using the skills they’ve acquired. Admission is fierce, though: in addition to rigorous academic standards, applicants must also pass a tough physica l fitness test.

Barclay College

With a student to faculty ratio of 1:1 and enrollment of only a few hundred students, you can be sure to receive ample personalized attention at Barclay College. A college centered around Christian service designed to prepare its students for Christian leadership, the majors at Barclay include Christian Seconda ry Education, Youth Education, and Worship Arts, but also Business Administrat ion. All students receive full tuition scholarship upon acceptance, and maintain it if th ey live on campus.

Curtis Institute of Music

If you’re one of the most talented and ambitious music students in the world, you’ve heard of Curtis. Some of the most legendary names in music (Leonard Bernstein among them) have attended the Institute, and with good reason. It is totally tuition free, and students stay as long as their instructors say they can, meaning a student can take time to hone their craft while in school and not have to worry about any pressures from the outside. The acceptance rate hovers at just under 7%, making it as competitive as Yale.

Alice Lloyd College

For students calling Central Appalachia (Kentucky, West Virginia, parts of Ohio, Virginia, and Tennessee) home, Alice Lloyd College covers tuition for 10 semesters (5 years). That said, students do earn their keep at Alice Lloyd. A “work” college, students take jobs on campus as needed to earn their tuition. Students must only pay for classroom fees and boarding costs, which are relatively low compared to other institutions. With a student/teacher ratio of 18:1 and an average class size of 19, students can get degrees in English, History, Accounting, Business Administration, and various other liberal arts degrees, as well as teaching degrees with the knowledge that they will get personalized attention in class.

Berea College

Operating under a similar “work college” principle as Alice Lloyd College, Berea College requires that all students work jobs for the school in order to cover their expenses. Costs of board, fees, and meals can also be covered by the college if additional aide is needed by a student. With classes taught by professors (not graduate students/T.A.s like many larger schools), Berea boasts an impressive 11:1 student-faculty ratio and offers a wide variety of majors and minors, from African and American Studies to Technology and Industrial Arts, as well as several pre-professional (dental, engineering, medicine, law, veterinary medicine) programs.

College of the Ozarks

Another “work college”, College of the Ozarks requires that their students work 15 hours each week during school sessions and two 40-hour weeks when out of session to help cover tuition. However, College of the Ozarks considers the work performance of each student as a separate grade. All of that hard work is not without reward (besides, of course, covered tuition): the school has a low student-faculty ratio at 13:1 and is situated on 1,000 acres in Missouri. Between 1,500 students, that’s almost an acre per studentplenty of space to relax with what little free time you might have while earning your degree at College of the Ozarks.

Deep Springs College

Deep Springs College was founded in 1917 with the belief that manual labor and political deliberation are key to a well-rounded liberal arts education. The school only takes on around 30 students at time, allowing for close working relationships with each other and faculty members. Students can work on the ranch (feeding animals and looking after them), as a butcher, farming alfalfa fields, as a groundskeeper, librarian, cook, dairy (up at 4 am to provide dairy for the college), or a host of other jobs. The college is also selfgoverned by those in attendance. Classes are discussion based, with a class size averaging 8, so every class period is extremely intense and in-depth. Students transfer to the most competitive institutions in the world after their two years at Deep Springs, with multiple recent graduates at Yale, Harvard, Brown, UPenn, MIT, and University of Chicago.

The Webb Institute

At the Webb Institute, only one major is proudly offered: Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. This major combines several disciplines and teaches ship design, electrical, mechanical, civil, structural, and marine engineering. Students work and play hard, with the Institute offering a variety of athletic options, as well as a private beach for students to use (along with a bevy of boats, of course). Full tuition ($44,000 per year) is offered to all accepted U.S. Citizens or Green Card holders. Aid is available for those who need it for room, board, and other expenses.

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