Tuition-free colleges and universities are few and far between but they ARE available…you just need to know where to look! The list of schools below are not ranked in any particular order as they are specific to the needs of the students.
For example, one caters to the musically-talented, one is designed for engineers and yet another is for those seeking a position in the religious field. One thing they all do have in common is they offer free (or very close to free) tuition to all students that meets certain criteria specific to each school. Tuition free colleges are available thanks to endowments, donations and the desires of the founders, themselves. It truly goes to show that if you work hard in high school, great opportunities are waiting for you in life!
1.UNIVERSITY OF THE PEOPLE
University of the People is the first in the world to be an online, tuition-free university! The non-profit’s purpose is to provide an accredited choice for higher education for those otherwise not able to attend a brick and mortar school. UoPeople offers two Associate and Bachelor’s degree programs in Business Administration and Computer Science. Their accreditation is provided by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) since the first quarter of 2014. The university, located in Pasadena, California, provides a free tuition to hundreds around the world.
Students are responsible for paying a registration fee determined by income and country of residence, ranging from $10 to $50 and a $100 adminstration fee for each exam taken per student. An Associates degree requires 20 exams and 40 exams to obtain a Bachelor’s degree. If you can’t pay, scholarships are available to apply to pay for these costs.
2.ALICE LLOYD COLLEGE
Located in Pippa Passe, Kentucky, this liberal arts, Christian college guarantees free tuition to residents of Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Virginia, West Virginia who may qualify. The catch? All enrolled students must be employed through the student work program either on-campus or within the local community. Duties would include library assistants, maintenance positions and such for at least 10 hours a week in order to obtain the free tuition. Room and board can also be free if you work at least 15 hours a week with 500 plus jobs available to the students.
Alice Lloyd College is a four-year college, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, that offers 18 bachelor’s degree programs in science, art, medicine, law and more and several minors, such as social science and accounting. They also have implemented eight pre-professional programs. With an acceptance rate of only 18%, ALC has approximately 600 students with a 20:1 student/teacher ratio.
3.CENTRAL CHRISTIAN COLLEGE OF THE BIBLE
Located in Moberly, Missouri, this four-year, private college was founded in 1957 and is a nondenominational Christian college. Central Christian College of the Bible offers full-tuition scholarships to this seeking a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in one of the following: Religious Studies, Christian Counselors, Youth and Family Ministry, General Ministry, Christian Education, Christian Counselors, Cross-Cultural Ministry, and Pastoral Ministry. Accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education, the college serves 300 plus students with its faculty of published scholars and currently also offer certificate programs in Music Ministry and Children’s Ministry. In order to qualify for the full-tuition scholarship, you must be enrolled on-campus as it does not apply to Central’s online programs. The scholarship equals up to 18 hours of study per semester in cost of tuition.
Central Christian College of the Bible also offers several other scholarships.
4.HASKELL INDIAN NATIONS UNIVERSITY
Founded in 1884 and located in Lawrence, Kansas, Haskell Indian Nations University is a public, coeducational, tribal college accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. At nearly 1,000 students per semester, the university represents approximately 140 Tribal nations and Alaska Native communities offering associates and bachelor degree programs. Although there is not a tuition charge, students are responsible for paying semester fees.
The university’s mission statement is as follows: “The mission of Haskell Indian Nations University is to build the leadership capacity of our students by serving as the leading institution of academic excellence, cultural and intellectual prominence, and holistic education to address the needs of Indigenous communities.” and boasts a “unique cultural experience.
Bachelor’s degrees can be obtained in American Indian studies, elementary teacher education, business administration and environmental science.
5.CURTIS INSTITUTE OF MUSIC
Got a flare for music? At Curtis Institute of Music, founded in 1924, students must audition before acceptance into the school, and with only a 4 percent acceptance rate, you must have be an exceptionally gifted talent. Tuition is paid in full at Curtis, which is located in Phildelphia, and financial need is not a factor thanks to the donations and endowment revenues they receive. An undergraduate tuition at Curtis is valued at approximately $37,000 and a graduate student’s tuition is valued at almost $50,000. Financial assistance for room and board is available based on need alone and students living on campus are expected to pay around $24,000 a year in housing, fees, and other expenses.
The institute provides complete musical training, as well as liberal arts courses, to only 165 students enrolled each year. There is neither a minimum or maximum age requirement to attend and those training at Curtis may receive a performance Diploma, a Bachelor or Music degree, a Master of Music in Opera degree, or a Professional Studies Certificate in Opera.
Talk about highly esteemed teachers, Curtis’ faculty boasts trained instrumentalists that holds 16% of the principal chairs of the top U.S. ochestras!