What are some U.S. colleges that offer free tuition?


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Barclay College, Berea College, Deep Springs College, Alice Lloyd College and College of the Ozarks offer free tuition for college studies, as of 2015. These programs typically require work in exchange for tuition. Options for free tuition often depend upon residency, field, income and academic record.

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Community colleges in Tennessee are free for certain students, though eligibility rules apply. For example, Tennessee requires students who receive free tuition to participate in community service. Students from Tulsa County, Oklahoma, who hold at least the minimum qualifying grade point average receive free tuition from community colleges in the county. Curtis Institute of Music accepts a small number of students each year and provides a free education. Webb Institute offers free tuition for students pursuing marine and naval engineering.

Military academies also offer free tuition for students who also serve in the military upon graduation. Colorado State University, Princeton University, The American University, George Washington University and many other universities offer free tuition for veterans under the Yellow Ribbon program, which is a funding match program between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and universities to provide free tuition. Competitive universities, such as Harvard University, Yale University, the Massachusetts Institute for Technology and Columbia University cover tuition costs for students from families with an annual income below a certain figure.

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