These 18 U.S. colleges offer free tuition for students. That means graduating with less college debt. With the average amount of student loan debt at graduation at $29,900, free college sounds pretty fantastic about now.
Keep in mind, these colleges often have stipulations and restrictions on qualifying for free college tuition, and free tuition doesn’t mean it won’t cost anything. The cost of attendance still includes room and board, textbooks, supplies, transportation and other everyday expenses. (And don’t forget about those hidden college costs, too.)
If these free colleges don’t work for you, there are also online colleges with free tuition and countries with free public tuition, too.
Military academies with free tuition
U.S. Air Force Academy (USAF Academy, CO)
U.S Coast Guard Academy (New London, CT)
U.S. Military Academy (West Point, NY)
U.S. Naval Academy (Annapolis, MD)
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (Kings Point, NY)
Free tuition sounds amazing, but keep in mind that some the colleges in this list have non-tuition costs in excess of $10,000 or even $20,000. Free tuition does not mean free college. It doesn't even necessarily mean debt-free college.
Alice Lloyd College (KY)
Barclay College (KS)
Berea College (KY)
Deep Springs College (CA)
Webb Institute (NY)
U.S. colleges with free tuition for some students
St. Louis Christian College (MO) for on-campus students only
The Apprentice School (Newport News, VA)