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In this day and age, college is basically a requirement for most high-paying jobs. But it’s so expensive! Luckily, there are some colleges that offer programs to students that enable them to attend tuition-free. The programs range from waivers to scholarships and often involve the student working to pay with their time. But a free degree is a free degree!

Berea College

Each student who attends this Kentucky-based college has the ability to receive full tuition coverage, plus a personal laptop (that you can keep after you graduate), and additional scholarships for four years of schooling. In exchange, students work 10-15 hours per week at one of the many positions offered either on or off campus. Sounds like a good gig!

College of The Ozarks

To even be accepted into this Missouri college, students must demonstrate financial need, and students within the states of Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Arkansas are shown preference. But with an 89% acceptance rate, and a work-study program that allows students to work 15 hours per week in exchange for free tuition, it’s a great opportunity for students to achieve their dreams of higher education.

Curtis Institute of Music

All students, regardless of financial need, can receive merit-based scholarships at this Philadelphia-based institution. These scholarships may cover all of their tuition throughout their schooling. This is a great opportunity for students who are seeking out a music-focused education, and although acceptance rates are relatively low, there is no age limit for applying students.

Barclay College

This Christian college, located in Kansas, offers free tuition for all students living on campus. To receive free tuition, students must simply complete 12 hours per semester of Christian service requirements (essentially, volunteering) —that’s hardly anything at all! Students living off campus are also eligible for tuition reduction, so the deals aren’t just limited to those living in the dorms.

U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

Most of us are probably familiar with the military branch academies, which offer tuition-free schooling for their students, but the Marine Academy is different than its fellow branches in one crucial aspect. After their graduation, students have the option to enlist in the armed forces, or they can opt to fulfill their service requirement by going into the private sector, either in the transportation or maritime industry. Looks like there are quite a few options for students hoping to go tuition-free!