52 Weeks: Children – College

Personally I think our nation has gotten carried away with ignoring the many rewarding careers that don’t require a four year degree. However, if your child wants one, here’s some thoughts from the book:

College also has various levels of spending that are possible

$0: (to parent) kid combines grants, loans, work, and scholarships

$0: kid joins military and they pay

$0: kid takes up college-irrelevant career

$10,000+-: community college, live at home

$200,000+: university, four years, live there

$300,000+-: umpteen advanced degrees

A surprising number of colleges in the U.S. offer free tuition. Most of them have limitations. They may require that you come from a set geographical area, or from a low-income family. Some involve work programs and others require work after graduation. Some of them are:

  • US Coast Guard Academy
  • S. Naval Academy
  • Merchant Marine Academy
  • Air Force Academy
  • Military Academy
    • The military schools have stringent entry requirements and they require five to eight years service after graduation
  • Alice Lloyd Collegein KY
  • Berea College, KY
  • Cooper Union in NYC
    • As of 2014, they only cover half of the tuition
  • Collegeof the Ozarks in Lookout Point, MO
  • Cornell University, NY (Ivy League)
    • Free tuition for students from low income families
  • Barclay Collegein Haviland, Kansas (Bible college)
  • Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia
  • Deep Springs Collegein CA
  • Franklin W. Olin Collegeof Engineering, MA
  • Louis Christian College, MO
  • Webb Institute in Glen Cove, NY (engineering)
  • William E. Macaulay Honors Collegeat CUNY, NY
  • Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades, PA

To see if there are any I overlooked, search on “colleges with free tuition.”



Marie Brack is the author of Frugal Living for the 21st Century: Adventures in Using Your Money Wisely. It’s available on in both Kindle and paperback versions.