1. University of the People
Imagine being taught by NYU, Columbia and Yale Law School professors—for free! It is possible, thanks to University of the People. When higher education entrepreneur Shai Reshef unveiled his business plan for a free university, the United Nations, Microsoft, the Clinton Global Initiative and Yale jumped on board. Professors and deans from top universities donate their time to teach courses, which take place virtually. University of the People does not charge for tuition or books—all students pay is a one-time application fee of $50 and examination fees of $100 a course. The University, which currently offers a bachelor or associate of science in business administration or computer science, has applied for accreditation and has signed collaborative partnership agreements with New York University. With 95 percent of students recommending UoPeople in a recent survey, this is one tuition-free route worth checking out!
2. World Education University
WEU Founder Curtis Pickering envisioned a free, global, high-quality education for all, and so World Education University was born. Self-paced, virtual courses can lead to a variety of degrees including an associate of arts in general studies, a master of business administration, an associate of arts in digital media and more. WEU is currently in the process of pursuing domestic and international accreditation and plans to offer a wide variety of degrees throughout different areas of concentration.
3. College of the Ozarks in Missouri
Nicknamed "Hard Work U," the work program at College of the Ozarks sets it apart from almost any other college in the U.S. Students work 15 hours per week in exchange for free tuition. The college offers over 80 fulfilling work areas, such as the Computer Center, McDonald Clinic, Ralph Foster Museum, the Child Development Center and more. Having several years of work experience also gives students a competitive edge when it is time to apply for a position after college.
4. Berea College in Kentucky
Berea College offers 4-year tuition scholarships to every student accepted into the college. They will also help cover room, board and fees depending on individual financial need of the student. So, what is required in return? Students are placed in paid, on-campus jobs, where they not only help the college but also earn a small salary to help with living expenses.
5. Deep Springs College in California
Students at Deep Springs not only get a great education, they are also equipped with values of hard work, teamwork, and the ability to work on their own to get things accomplished for a group (other students). In exchange for free tuition, many students work on the school's cattle ranch and farm. Daily life is filled with education, interesting job opportunities and the chance to connect with other like-minded individuals. To learn more about a typical day at Deep Springs, click here.
6. Webb Institute in New York
For those interested in the Engineering field, the renowned Webb Institute in Glen Cove, New York, offers full-tuition scholarships to all accepted students. This scholarship also includes room, board, laptop and software. Competition is fierce, however, to attend this school. There are only 80 undergraduates and most are men. Students graduate with a double major in naval architecture and marine engineering.
7. Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia
Any musicians out there? Consider Philadelphia's Curtis Institute of Music, which has offered an all-scholarship policy since 1928. Full-tuition scholarships are available not only for undergraduate students who audition and are accepted, but also graduate students. Scholarship values range from $37,000—$50,000. Programs of study include: brass, composition, conducting, harp, piano, guitar, vocal studies, organ, strings, string quartet, timpani and percussion, and woodwinds.