10 Colleges and Universities with $0 Tuition

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Attending a college or university doesn't have to be expensive. There are a number of schools, including both online and traditional institutions, that offer free tuition or low-cost learning options. Here is a list of 10 colleges and universities that fall into one of these two categories.
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Where to Find Free and Low-Cost College Tuition

1. Berea College

Every student who attends Kentucky's Berea College receives a full-tuition scholarship worth more than $25,000. Berea also helps students with other costs, such as food, room and board, by providing a work study program. Students also receive a free laptop to use while they are in school. Berea offers the opportunity to major in many different subjects. The most popular majors are business, manufacturing, family studies and human development.

2. Alice Lloyd College

U.S. News and World Report ranks Alice Lloyd College among the best U.S. colleges for graduating with the least amount of debt. This Kentucky school offers guaranteed tuition to any student in the college's 108-county Central Appalachian service area. Students work 10-20 hours each week to pay their way. Alice Lloyd offers degrees in a wide range of fields, as well as pre-professional programs.

3. Webb Institute

The Princeton Review ranks Webb Institute among the Best Value Colleges in America. The school is known for providing a top-notch engineering education along with full-tuition scholarships to anyone who attends. Students live in a mansion while they attend school and participate in paid internships for extra cash.

4. College of the Ozarks

Located in Missouri, the College of the Ozarks is a conservative Christian school that cheerfully discourages student debt. The school has been nicknamed 'Hardwork U' because students work 15 hours each week to graduate tuition-free. The College of the Ozarks favors applicants who are financially needy. Popular majors include business, teaching, education and criminal justice.

5. Curtis Institute of Music

The Curtis Institute of Music offers full-tuition scholarships to everyone who gains admission. The school is very particular when it comes to applicants, accepting only 160 new students each year. Those who do get in can expect to receive an excellent education from one of the best music conservatories in the world.

6. CUNY Teacher Academy

The City University of New York offers full-tuition scholarships to students who enroll in their Teacher Academy. Every student who enrolls is eligible. Students also receive a full-time teaching position in a New York school upon graduation.

7. U.S. Academies

Students who attend any of these U.S. academies receive a full ride. They also receive a monthly stipend in return for service. Although each program is different, most require applicants to obtain a congressional nomination from their state congressional delegation. Applicants must also pass a physical fitness test and meet other requirements.

8. State of Washington Universities

Both the University of Washington and Washington State University offer need-based programs that pay full-tuition and fees. The programs are available to in-state residents who meet State Need Grant or Pell Grant requirements. Special scholarships are also available to out-of-state students who need help covering the cost of tuition.

9. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

At one point, the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering offered a full-tuition scholarship to anyone who attends. The school has since reduced the scholarship policy by 50 percent. Even so, Franklin W. Olin College still offers one of the largest merit scholarship programs in the country to all admitted students.

10. Deep Springs College

Located in Big Pine, California, this accredited two-year college offers full scholarships for each student, valued around $50,000. Students work for these scholarships: they're employed on the school's cattle ranch and alfalfa farm to pay for tuition, room and board and other expenses. The majority of the students from Deep Springs College transfer on to a four-year institution where they complete their bachelor's degree. As of January 2014, Deep Springs College was a men's college; however, the school is pursuing a transition to coeducation.

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    1. George Mason University

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    Master's
      • Master of Education in Special Education, specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis
      • Master of Health Administration in Health Systems Management
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      • Master of Education in Special Education, specializing in Autism Spectrum Disorder
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      • Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate
      • Autism Spectrum Disorder Certificate
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    2. American University

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      • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication
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      • Graduate Certificate in Agile Project Management
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    3. Johns Hopkins University

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      • Doctor of Nursing Practice: Clinical Nurse Specialist Specialization - Online
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    4. Kaplan University

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    Doctorate
      • Master of Science - DNP Executive Leader
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    5. Colorado Technical University

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    Doctorate
      • Doctor - Management - Criminal Justice
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      • BS - Nursing (RN to BSN completion)
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      • Associate of Science in Business Administration
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    6. Georgetown University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Science in Finance
      • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management
      • Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate
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    7. Full Sail University

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      • Master of Science - Film Production
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    8. Northcentral University

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      • Education Specialist - Organizational Leadership
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    9. The George Washington University

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    Master's
      • MSHS in Health Care Quality
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    10. Virginia College

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
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Featured Schools

The schools and programs listed below are popular educational options, and tuition varies based on program and location

George Mason University

  • Master of Education in Special Education, specializing in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Master of Health Administration in Health Systems Management
  • Applied Behavior Analysis Certificate
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Certificate

What is your highest level of education?

American University

  • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication
  • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication - Advocacy and Social Impact Concentration
  • Graduate Certificate in Agile Project Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Analytics and Management

What is your highest level of education?

Johns Hopkins University

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice: Clinical Nurse Specialist Specialization - Online
  • Master of Arts in Communication
  • Certificate in Government Analytics

What is your highest level of education?

Kaplan University

  • Master of Science - DNP Executive Leader
  • Master: Legal Studies
  • Undergraduate in Legal Studies
  • AASBA in Business
  • Psychology

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Colorado Technical University

  • Doctor - Management - Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Computer Science
  • B.S. - Psychology
  • Associate of Science in Business Administration

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Georgetown University

  • Master of Science in Finance
  • Masters of Professional Studies in Technology Management
  • Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate

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Full Sail University

  • Master of Science - Film Production
  • Bachelor of Science - Software Development
  • Cert - English As A Second Language (Campus)

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Northcentral University

  • Doctor of Business Admin - Applied Computer Science
  • M.A. in Psychology - General Psychology
  • Education Specialist - Organizational Leadership

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