Colleges for Low Income Students: Free Tuition, No Loans, and Full Rides

College, and the costs that go with it, can make higher education seem way out of reach – especially for low income students.  The good news?  There’s something better than hope – there’s loan-free financial aid packages and even tuition free colleges!  Who knew college could be so affordable?

Duncan Hall at Rice University -- Loan free tuition for low income students!


For high achieving low income students, many colleges and universities offer a no-packaged loans policy – which include grants, scholarships, and work-study programs in their financial aid packages not interest accruing loans!  Many offer free rides to college (and then some).   A few of these colleges, like the Webb Institute and Deep Springs College, don’t even have tuition!  You really can graduate debt free!

Check out our large list for a host of higher education institutions that offer free tuition or loan free tuition for students of low income families.  Click on the college or university name to be taken directly to the financial aid page that relates to that school – and get in touch with the financial aid office to see where you fit in.  College isn’t just for the wealthy – it’s for everyone.

Alice Lloyd College Rice University
Amherst College Sacred Heart University
Barclay College Saint Louis Christian College
Berea College Soka University
Bowdoin College Stanford University
Brown University Swarthmore College
Claremont McKenna College Texas A&M University
College of the Ozarks Texas Tech University
College of William and Mary University of California
Columbia University University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art University of Pennsylvania
Cornell University University of Texas
Curtis Institute of Music University of Virginia
Dartmouth College University of Washington
Davidson College Vanderbilt University
Deep Springs College Vassar College
Duke University Washington and Lee University
Franklin W Olin College of Engineering Washington State University
George Washington University Webb Institute
Harvard University Wellesley College
Haverford College Williams College
Lafayette College Yale University
Lehigh University The Armed Forces:
Macaulay Honors College at CUNY US Air Force Academy
Massachusetts Institute of Technology US Coast Guard Academy
Miami University of Ohio US Merchant Marine Academy
Michigan State University US Naval Academy
Princeton University West Point US Military Academy
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