19 Colleges Where You Can Get A Degree For Free

We all know the importance of getting a higher education, but dang is it expensive! The majority of people can’t afford to pay the full tuition at most universities, which can make getting a college education difficult. Luckily, there are a number of colleges where it’s possible to get an education for free through scholarships, a work program or the military.

If you’re looking for a degree, but don’t want to dish out all the money, consider the colleges below where it’s possible to get a degree for free.

1. Schools Where You Work For Your Education

You may not have to pay a tuition, but you will have to work to earn your education. Colleges such as Alice Lloyd College, Berea College, College of the Ozarks and Deep Springs College require that their students work on campus in return for their degree. These jobs could be anything from custodial work to farm work.

2. For Your Service

If you join the U.S. military, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard or the Merchant Marine Academies, you’ll get an education free of charge. Each branch of the military offers tuition-assistance programs. The amount of assistance you are eligible for varies based on the type and length of the service you’ve completed, or are in the midst of completing.

3. For Future Teachers

If you want to become a teacher, CUNY’s Teacher Academy gives students free tuition if they teach at least two years in the New York City public schools after they graduate.

4. Schools That Reward Talent

Certain schools offer free tuition if you make it past an audition or meet their tough admission requirements. These schools include the Curtis Institute of Music, the Webb Institute for engineers and the Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York, where, among other requirements, you need an “A” average coming out of high school to be accepted.

5. Schools That Recognize Need

Some schools with a high price tag cover tuition if the student has a financial need. According to TIME, these schools include: MIT for families that earn $75,000 or less a year, Harvard and Yale for families earning $65,000 or less, and ColumbiaCornell, Stanford, Duke, Brown and Texas A&M for families who earn below $60,000.

6. Religious Schools

Schools affiliated with certain religions offer free tuition to those who practice that religion. Barclay College is a free Christian college, for example, and Central Christian College of the Bible in Missouri offers free tuition to those majoring in certain religious studies.

So, if you are wanting to get a college education, but not wanting to break the bank, consider one of these options and start your future now!

[h/t: TIME]

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