Ways College Tuition Can Be 100% Free
O.D.. McKee, founder of the Little Debbie snack cake business, lived in a
time when there were no scholarships or grants for a regular, working guy
who wanted to attend college. He had to figure it out on his own. So in
1921 he took a job selling books door to door. Why? Because the company he
worked for gave "full-ride"
college scholarships to their top selling
salespeople. O.D. had discovered just one of the many ways there are to
have someone else pay for your college tuition.
Today, there are even more employers ready to
pay for your college
education, but that is just one option you can utilize. It is absolutely
possible to go to college for free, however, you will find that nearly
100% of the time those opportunities are available because of who you are
(example: your background or economic status) or the commitment you are
willing to offer (example: working for a particular employer or
profession). Here are just 5 of many ideas that can help you find a
1. Volunteer firefighting.
In an effort to recruit younger members into their ranks many
firefighting companies incentivize their members with
in trade for their service commitment. Additionally, some colleges also
offer full scholarships for volunteer firefighters. For example, the
Community College of Allegheny County in
Pennsylvania provides a full scholarship for student who commit to serving
as a volunteer firefighter for 5 years.
If you are a girl in high school and want another college scholarship
option, consider the
sport of rowing. Why rowing? Title IX. In order to
comply with the equality requirements Title IX requires of academic
institutions, colleges aggressively pursue giving out full scholarships to
women participating in crew (rowing), in order to balance the number of
scholarships given to sports primarily played by men (football, for
3. You are a "dislocated worker".
Many community colleges across our nation offer specialized programs to
assist dislocated workers. This can include free tuition. The Dislocated
Worker Tuition Waiver program at the Community College of Allegheny County
is one such example.
According to the CCAC website: “Dislocated workers may take classes at
CCAC toward the successful completion of one of the approved certificate
free tuition and fees only (no more than 36 credits within a
4. You were adopted or in foster care.
Some states provide a
"tuition-waiver" for residents who were adopted or
in foster care and will attend one of the state's public colleges. If you
do your own research for these tuition waivers you will often find the
word "varies", as in the number of waivers available. Your best bet is to
let the professionals in the Financial Aid office of your choice colleges
know that you were adopted or in foster care and let them help you get
details on your state's specific programs.