Want to go to college but cannot afford the tuition? Having problems getting a loan or don’t want to have a big loan to pay off? Here are a few ways to go to college for free or cover some or most of the cost.
Free Tuition Programs
Low-income families automatically qualify for some federal financial aid, but many schools step in to fill the remaining gap. Look for schools that have a FREE Tuition Program. They are not always advertised and you may be surprised what schools can offer you.
Here are just a few examples:
At Soka University of America in Aliso Viejo, California, all undergraduates in the liberal arts program whose families earn $60,000 per year or less receive free tuition, a value of $27,214 for the 2012-2013 school years (not including room and board). You can find out more about that program here.
Texas A&M University in College Station offers 100% free tuition for families with adjusted gross incomes of less than $60,000 through their Aggie Assurance Program. You can find out more here.
Note that all of these programs are subject to funding availability and may change yearly so be sure to visit their websites or call to inquire. Also do your own research because there are many programs out there. Be sure to share any resources you find in the comments section of this post and I’ll be sure to add more programs as I find them.
Tuition Reimbursement from your employer
Consider working for a company that reimburses you for school. A lot of companies offer tuition reimbursement and this is a great way to get credits each year toward your degree. It may take you longer but you can take just the right amount of classes each year that your company covers and not have to pay anything. Keep in mind you will have to get a loan or pay upfront yourself until your company reimburses you.
The best way to get money for college is through a scholarship. There are a lot of free scholarship search websites that help students locate scholarship opportunities. Believe it or not most people do not take the time to look for and apply for scholarships so some of them never get used. Scholarships are not just for those with perfect grades, they have scholarships for all students so make sure to apply for as many as possible.
Here is a list of just a few of scholarship sites, start looking now for opportunities that are available to you or your child.
Save on TextBooks
Now of course there are always books and other fees that go along with college, you can save money on those by buying books used or renting books online at sites like:
Campus Book Rentals– Save 50-85% on your Textbooks. Renting textbooks makes sense plain and simple.
TextBookStop- Rent or Get USED Textbooks
These are just a few and I will add to them as I find more so please share any resources you know about and help everyone save money on their education!