College Tuition and Assistance For Hardworking People
In a previous article I mentioned that there are many ways to go to
college tuition free. Yes, nearly all of these ways require a commitment
on your part. However, many of those commitments not only pay for your
tuition, but they also pay YOU for your service. Here are 4 more ways you
can get through college without debt.
1. Work for the college itself.
Get a job at the college and they will be paying YOU to come study there.
Nearly all colleges and universities offer free, or dramatically
discounted tuition, to their employees, and often to the employees’ family
members as well. Education Management Corporation, headquartered in
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a great example of this. EDMC says their
Tuition Voucher Program, "...provides 100%
tuition assistance for employees,
domestic partners and eligible immediate family members attending
courses/programs offered by institutions affiliated with Education
2. Military (ROTC, full time, part time).
military offers many options
for work and
school. You can earn
tuition and scholarships through ROTC in
college, part-time service through the National Guard or Reserves, and
full-time service commitments. Obviously, all military options come with
your required commitment to the military for pre-determined amounts of
3. Employer paid tuition.
Many growth industries have "high demand" jobs. Employers in these
industries (examples: pharmacist, nurse, engineer, petroleum, IT) often
struggle to find enough workers to fill all of the open positions. As a
recruiting tool they often incentivize candidates with tuition
reimbursement or free skills training.
Other employers (particularly larger companies such as banks, hospitals,
and government agencies) may also choose to include
tuition reimbursement as part of their
fringe benefit package. As of 2014, the
IRS said that employees can receive as
much as $5,250.00 for graduate or undergraduate tuition, fees, books and
supplies before that benefit is included in the employee’s gross taxable
income. That means if you found an employer who gave you $6,000 toward
your education expenses you would have to pay tax on $750.00 of it.
4. Apprenticeship (Builders Guild).
Some industries provide paid training and even a
salary through apprenticeship, as is the
case with the Builder's Guild. The Builders Guild of Western Pennsylvania
is a partnership of the building trade unions and contractor associations.
From a financial standpoint apprentices have an advantage other students
do not have. Apprentices enjoy a
tuition free education in the building trade
of their choice, and earn a salary with benefits during their 3-5 years of