Places that Offer Free College Education

Posted on 10/28/2013

No matter how old your kids are, you've probably thought about the high cost of college. Despite the fact that the average college senior graduated with $26,600 of debt in 2011, a free education is possible. Check out these schools and states where earning a degree doesn't have to cost a thing.

Berea College
This school in Berea, Kentucky gives 400 students in each class a free education for four years. The student must have little or no ability to pay for college on their own as well as strong academic qualifications. They must also agree to work ten hours a week in a paid on-campus position. For most students this tuition scholarship amounts to nearly $100,000 in savings.

Macaulay Honors College
Within the City University of New York is Macaulay Honors College. Founded in 2001, Macaulay waives tuition for its students. The free ride includes other perks like a free laptop and money for research, travel or internships.

Tennessee Hope Scholarship
While not completely free, scholarships in Tennessee are generous. The lottery funds a scholarship program that gives eligible students up to $6,000 a year for four years. To qualify, students must meet minimum ACT or SAT requirements and have a minimum of 3.0 grade point average.

Kentucky Tuition Grants
In Kentucky, the state's lotto has helped fund more than $2 billion to the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship Program and other tuition scholarships. Kentucky's best and brightest can receive enough money to nearly fund their college career.

Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver
If you're at least one-fourth or more Native American blood and a resident of Michigan you may qualify for free college. The Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver has helped more than 2,500 students earn a free ride since 2010.

National Merit Scholar
For those smart enough to earn the title of National Merit Scholar, a free education is a strong possibility. Dozens of schools across the country offer free full-ride scholarships which includes tuition along with room and board.

By Alison Storm

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