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Private and Government Tuition Free Education

Tuition fees are required payments by most colleges, universities and other educational institutions in the USA. Tuitions cover most of the students’ educational expenses but have been steadily increasing in recent years. This has made more difficult for low-income students to attend higher education institutions without financial aid in the form of grants, loans, and scholarships.

There is a different type of financial aid for postsecondary education offered to students that qualify. Most of the student grants and loans available for higher education come from the Federal Government programs.

Depending on the State and college there are financial aid programs offered by the State if you are State resident and different types of scholarships and work-and-study programs offered by the colleges and universities that help low-income students with most the tuition fees for education. But, in general, there is a part of the tuition fees that have to be paid by the student.

There are few colleges and service academies in the USA that offer arrangements of federal and state grants, college scholarships, and work or serving the country programs that are called Tuition-Free Colleges. In other words, if you qualify, choose and follow the rules of the programs of one of those institutions – your post-secondary education can be tuition-free.

College of the Ozarks
9900 Academic Avenue, Point Lookout, MO 65726
Students at the College of the Ozarks do not pay tuition. A combination of federal and state grants, donations, and on-campus work programs cover entirely the student’s annual tuition at College of the Ozarks.  The college provides a detailed cost of education (tuition) summary and how it is covered on their website.

Alice Lloyd College
100 Purpose Road, Pippa Passes, KY 41844
(606) 368-6000
Alice Lloyd College maintains a guaranteed tuition policy for students from Central Appalachian counties where a combination of grants, scholarships, and Alice Lloyd College Student Work Program covers the annual tuition for education. The college is committed to ‘provide an exceptional education to qualified mountain students regardless of financial ability’. More information student financial aid and how to apply can be found here.

Berea College
Berea, KY 40404
(859) 985-3000
Berea College offers a financial aid package that includes grants, scholarships and a work-study program that can cover the annual tuition fee for a student that meets eligibility requirements. You can find detailed Berea College’s cost of attendance how its tuition is covered here.

Curtis Institute of Music
1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Curtis Institute of Music has an all -scholarship policy. According to their publications that means merit-based full-tuition scholarships to all undergraduate and graduate students regardless of their financial situation. Students must past audition and those admitted to Curtis Institute of Music are expected to utilize all available financial aid such as grants, loans, and scholarships from public and other private sources before receiving Curtis financial assistance to cover their annual tuition. More information can be found here.

Below is a list of service academies where the tuition, room, and board are paid by the U.S. Government, plus students receive a monthly stipend, in return of pledge to serve the country for certain numbers of years. Each academy has its very specific application process and requirements. For detailed information on the application process, eligibility and other requirements check their sites listed below.

The United States Air Force Academy
Colorado Springs, CO 80840
Learn about the admission process.

United States Military Academy
West Point, NY 10996
Learn about application requirements.

U.S. Naval Academy
Annapolis, MD 21402
Learn about the steps for admission.

The United States Coast Guard Academy
New London, CT 06320

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