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Wouldn’t it be nice to go to a college where there was no tuition?

Although no tuition colleges are becoming increasingly rare, there are still a handful of colleges that give every single student admitted a full tuition scholarship.

Some of these schools still require students to pay fees, room and board, books, and transportation and some also require students to commit to working at an on-campus job, but in almost all cases, these colleges provide excellent value to all of their students. If your family can pay these additional expenses out of pocket, great, you’re good to go. If not, though, many of these colleges offer generous need-based scholarships and grants that can reduce any student payment obligation to close to nothing.

Alice Lloyd College Pippa Passes, KY

Need-based admission: No

Alice Lloyd College offers free tuition to students from 108 counties in Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Students are required to pay for room and board ($6,740) and work 10-20 hours per week in on-campus jobs. Out of territory students are charged a total of $14,050 for tuition, room, board, and fees.

Barclay College Haviland, KS

Need-based admission: No

Barclay is a Christian college that awards full tuition scholarships for all students. Students are still responsible for room, board, and fees (amounting to approximately $11,000 in additional expenses). There is no work requirement.

Berea College – Berea, KY

Need-based admission: Yes

Berea is a Christian college which awards every admitted student the Tuition Promise Scholarship which offers full tuition. As a part of the scholarship, students are required to work in an on-campus job. The cost of housing, meals, and fees (equal to $7,220)  is not covered with this scholarship, however, the vast majority of students receive additional assistance to cover some or all of these expenses as well (the average student last year paid $1,234 to cover all of these additional expenses).

College of the Ozarks Point Lookout, MO

Need-based admission: Yes

The College of the Ozarks is a Christian working college which requires students to work 15 hours per week (plus two 40-hour weeks) to receive the College of the Ozarks Cost of Education Scholarship, a full tuition award. Students are responsible for room, board, and fees (approximately $6,415) although additional scholarships are offered to some students to reduce this expense. College of the Ozarks does take preference students with financial need in the admissions process.

Curtis Institute of Music – Philadelphia, PA

Need-based admission: No

Curtis Institute of Music is a four-year school that aims to educate talented musicians for careers in the liberal arts. All 165 students at Curtis receive full tuition scholarships equal to $38,728. Students are still responsible for room and board, instrument maintenance, and instructional supplies although additional aid may be available to students with need.

Deep Springs College Inyo County, CA

Need-based admission: No

Deep Springs College is a small two-year rigorous liberal arts working college in the California desert. Deep Springs gives every student a full tuition scholarship which includes room, board, and fees. The 26 students at Deep Springs maintain a cattle herd and farm, and each students is assigned a labor position amounting to approximately 20 hours per week to make the campus self-sustaining. Currently, Deep Springs is all-male although they are hoping to begin accepting applications from women within the next couple of years. Although the program is only two years, the majority of students transfer to a four-year college after their two years. Many Deep Springs students have gone on to top tier colleges including Harvard, Yale, and other Ivy League and equivalent institutions.

Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York (CUNY) – New York, NY

Need-based admission: No

The Macaulay Honors College offers students with residency in New York state a full tuition scholarship as well as a computer. Although fees, room, transportation, books, supplies and food are not included (approximately $20,000), many students receive additional scholarships to help with these expenses.

US Air Force Academy Colorado Springs, CO

Need-based admission: No

The US Air Force Academy is a military training academy that prepares graduates to become a commissioned officer for the Air Force. Students are given a full tuition scholarship including room, board, fees, transportation, and even receive a monthly stipend in exchange for a commitment post-graduation to five years of active duty service and three as inactive reserve. Applicants must be US citizens.

US Coast Guard Academy New London, CT

Need-based admission: No

The US Coast Guard Academy is a military training academy designed to train officers for the Coast Guard. All students commit to five years post graduation serving as a commissioned Coast Guard officer and during their time as a student receive full tuition, room, board, fees, and a living stipend of $12,000 per year.

US Merchant Marine Academy – Kings Point, NY

Need-based admission: No

The US Merchant Marine Academy is a military training academy designed to train students for careers in the maritime industry and the armed forces. Graduates commit to eight years working in the maritime industry with five years of reserve service in one unit of the armed forces or five years of active duty. Tuition, room, and board is covered by the federal government, however, students are responsible for mandatory fees, books, and transportation typically amounting to between $6,000 and $10,000 annually.

US Military Academy – West Point, NY

Need-based admission: No

The US Military Academy is a military training academy that prepares graduates to become a commissioned officer of the US Army. Students are given a full tuition scholarship including room,  board, fees, and additional expenses. Students also receive a monthly stipend. Graduates have a five-year active service obligation post-graduation.

US Naval Academy Annapolis, MD

Need-based admission: No

The US Naval Academy is a military training academy that prepares graduates to become commissioned officers for the US Navy. Students commit to five years of active duty service after graduation. Tuition, room and board are covered by the Navy and fees are deducted from a monthly stipend awarded to each student.

Webb Institute – Glen Cove, NY

Need-based admission: No

The Webb Institute offers one academic program for all students, a double major in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. All 80 of its students receive a full tuition scholarship. Students are responsible for room and board, books, supplies, and transportation (approximately $19,000). Some scholarships are available to help defray the cost of these additional expenses.

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