The 10 Best Colleges With Free Tuition in 2014
The prospect of attending college can be both exciting and daunting, particularly given the cost of tuition these days regardless of where you plan to attend school – Louisiana, Nebraska, Nevada, Missouri – doesn’t matter. Obtaining a bachelor’s degree can easily cost much more than $100,000, putting higher education out of reach for many. However, there are some colleges and universities that offer free tuition and we’ve put together a list of the top 10 institutions of higher education that will be easy on your checkbook in 2014. Admission to these schools can be very competitive with most accepting a small number of students each year.
10. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, New York City, New York
9. U.S. Air Force Academy â€“ Colorado Springs, Colorado
Admission to the Academy is highly competitive and applicants must be nominated for admission by a member of Congress or the Vice President of the United States. All accepted students receive a scholarship valued at over $400,000 that covers tuition and room and board for all four years at the Academy. Each cadet is expected to complete a service commitment by serving several years on active duty and reserves after graduation.
8. U.S. Merchant Marine Academy â€“ Kings Point, New York
Students are not charged for tuition but are responsible for other fees and expenses, including a laptop computer. Need-based financial aid is available to students to assist in covering these other expenses.
7. Webb Institute â€“ Glen Cove, New York
All students receive a full-tuition scholarship and are responsible only for other costs including room and board, books, and other items.
6. Barclay College â€“ Haviland, Kansas
With an enrollment of around 250 students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1, students are part of a close-knit community and receive individual attention from professors. To be eligible for full-tuition scholarships, students must stay in on-campus housing. Students who live off campus are eligible for tuition scholarships covering about one-third of the total tuition cost.
5. Curtis Institute of Music â€“ Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
An in-person audition is required for all areas of study except vocal studies, for which a recording will be accepted through an online portal. In the lively city of Philadelphia, students at Curtis participate in a robust schedule of public performances throughout the school year to “learn by doing.” True to its mission to educate and train gifted musicians, the Institute does not specify a minimum or maximum age to audition.
4. Alice Lloyd College â€“ Pippa Passes, Kentucky
3. Cooper Union â€“ New York City, New York
Cooper Union has 1,000 full-time undergraduate students and accepts 7% of applicants based on merit alone regardless of financial need. Its campus features the new technologically-advanced 41 Cooper Square building that incorporates multiple environmentally-friendly features and state-of-the-art labs and classrooms.
2. Berea College â€“ Berea, Kentucky
Situated in scenic Berea, Kentucky, the college boasts a 10:1 student-to-teacher ratio and students can earn a degree in one of 28 fields of study. Each student participates in the college’s Work Program, earning enough to help pay for room and board and other expenses during the school year.
1. College of the Ozarks â€“ Point Lookout, Missouri
College of the Ozarks accept students from the Ozarks region with demonstrated financial need. Students work 15 hours each week during the school year and two 40-hour weeks when school is not in session in exchange for free tuition. The college believes that the work program is so important that each student’s work performance is recorded on their academic records along with their grades. The college’s 1,500 students enjoy a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1.