Tuition-Free Colleges Really Do Exist

Too good to be true? Can you really earn your degree without searching for scholarships and grant? No more worries about paying back thousands of dollars in students loans? Yes, it can be done. There is a much easier way to get your degree – simply attend a college that doesn’t charge students tuition. According to an article by BusinessWeek , this is possible. Alison Damast states that there are “several thousand students in the U.S. taking advantage of colleges” that are tuition-free. The complete article can be found at

There are several such colleges available to those who are willing to do a bit of research. Most of these colleges specialize in certain fields, so they may not be for everyone. However, there are a few that are liberal arts schools in the mix as well. The following is a list of tuition-free colleges:

Alice Lloyd College in Pippa Passes, KY, one of the few liberal arts colleges that offers free tuition. It serves counties in Appalachia. Scoring at least 17 on the ACT is a must. SAT scores must be 430 on the verbal portion of the test as well as 400 on the math portion. A cumulative GPA of pre-college classes the applicant took in high school must be 2.25 or above is also required.

Berea College in Berea, KY, another liberal arts college. Students should have an ACT score between 20 and 30 or a between 1410 and 1980 on the SAT. The GPA should be above 3.0. Being from Appalachia is helpful, but not required.

City University of New York’s Teacher Academy in New York City, NY. It specializes in math and science education. Teaching in New York City’s public middle and high schools after graduating is a requirement. A strong GPA and above-average SAT or ACT scores are also needed. Students must complete a home test consisting of different projects and they must develop a portfolio. Acceptance is based on the home test, high school grades, and SAT or equivalent exams.

College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO. This university is also a liberal arts college. Their work-study program is mandatory. Students must show a financial need. They are required to have at least a 910 on the SAT or 19 on the ACT. Prospective students should be in the top half of their graduating class.

Cooper Union in New York specializes in engineering, architecture, and art. Prospective students must complete a home test consisting of different projects and they must develop a portfolio. Acceptance is based on the home test, high school grades, and SAT or equivalent exams. Curtis Institute in Philadelphia. PA specializes in music. Applicants must audition and have musical talent. Students must be pursuing a musical career.

Deep Springs College in Deep Springs, CA is a liberal arts, all-male college. The focus of this college is labor, self-government and academics. There is a two part application to be submitted. Either the SAT or ACT test must be taken.

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, MA. Applicants must have a solid foundation in calculus and physics. Students must take the ACT or SAT test and there will additional testing in science and math.

U.S. Air Force, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and U.S. Naval Academy, specializing in military Air Force, Naval, and Coast Guard studies. A medical exam and fitness test are necessary to be accepted. Applicants must take either the ACT or SAT test. A congressperson must nominate the student before they are even considered for admission. Upon graduation, students are required to enlist for a minimum of five years in the military.

Webb Institute in Glen Cove, NY specializes in marine engineering and Naval architecture. Students are required to have a B average in physics, mathematics, and chemistry. High grades in other subjects are also required.

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