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16 oct

3 Ways to Get a Free College Education

RobertCordrayIf a degree is what you’re after, then going to college is really the only way you’re going to get it. After all, many companies won’t even take a look at your resume unless it includes a reference to college graduation in easy to read letters across the first page. However, that little piece of paper doesn’t come cheap. In fact, some college educations can end up costing more than $60,000 per year. On the other hand, there are ways to get the same level of know-how without having to pay a dime. It may sound like a fairy tale, but the reality is that if you know where to look, you can get a top-notch education for free. Here are three ways to get a college level education, without having to pay college level costs.

1. Go to Antioch College

Antioch College is a private liberal arts college in Ohio that was founded in 1850. Beginning in 2012 and continuing on through 2014, Antioch will waive all tuition fees for any new enrolling students for the entire four years of their college career, through the Horace Mann Fellowship. This is being done in an effort to attract students because as the college has recently fallen on hard times. It was forced to close its doors in 2008, but thanks to help from dedicated alumni, it was able to renovate itself and reopen in 2011. So, if you’d like to go to college but you don’t know how you’ll ever get the money together, then this may be your shot. Just hurry, because 2014 isn’t far off at all.

2. Consider financial aid

If you come from a low income family, it’s generally possible to receive help with tuition, housing, supplies, etc., all through the school itself. However, most of the time this means that you’ll still be paying for a portion of the costs. But if your family earns less than $60,000, you may qualify for a completely free education. Many Ivy League schools offer free tuition to low income students. Some schools may still have you work off the money in jobs around the college, and others may also require you to pay for living expenses, but compared to the full price of four years at the university, those are small sacrifices to make.

3. Online

Both of the above options are fine ways to get a diploma without having to sell all of your possessions just to scrape together enough cash. If, on the other hand, all that you’re really after is knowledge, then you have a few other options. The Internet is an amazing thing; it basically contains the to3 Ways to get a free college education

tal sum of all human knowledge and is almost totally open and accessible to anyone with a computer. Just by spending a few hours a day on sites like Wikipedia and YouTube, you could learn enough a tremendous amount about any given subject. Of course, if you need something a bit more structured, many colleges offer free open courseware. That means that many of the classes they offer, including texts, lectures, and tests, are available online through the university website. You can “enroll” in them and start learning whenever you feel like, at no cost at all. These may not give you any certification, but they’ll sure help you get that free education you’ve been wanting.


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Posted by Robert Cordray on October 16th, 2013 in Career, Finances, New Directions | 0 comments

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