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Creating Wonder with Creativity – Get those Juices Flowing

Posted by Site Administrator | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 30-01-2009

If there’s one thing I wish I had, it’s a creative streak. I know I do have a way with words, but when it comes to being artistic, I’m as dead as a dodo. My home is clean and neat, but that’s all one can say about it. Compared to the homes of my friends, it’s a barren space with no sign of personality except for a whiteboard that I use to jot down random thoughts and to-do lists. I hardly have a photograph on display or a picture to hang from my bare walls. Deciding that it was high time I rectified this situation, I called a very creative friend and picked her brain for ideas (I wanted to design my space on my own terms, without help from anyone else). Here’s what she suggested I do to get my creative juices flowing: 

•    Inspirational Ideas: The trick is to observe carefully – if you have an eye for detail, you’re likely to have the knack for getting things done. And so I began to look, really look, at friends’ and relatives’ houses; I started poring over design magazines; and I began visiting furniture and accessory stores to see the displays they had. Slowly but surely, I could visualize the way I wanted my home to look, and I had more than a few ideas as to how to go about the decorating.
•    Individual Ideas: One valuable piece of advice my friend gave me was this – it’s best to develop your own style rather than ape someone else’s. My sister loved the formal look for a living room, but I preferred to go with comfort as my USP. After all, I was not decorating a home, not a showpiece that had to be kept spic and span and photographed for the glossy pages of a magazine.
•    Irrational Ideas: Just because it’s never been done before, there’s no reason to not do it. Going boldly where no one has before seems to work well for me, in most areas of my life. I chose to remain single when all my friends and siblings tied the knot one after the other; I chose a different career path from the traditional ones my mom and dad would have preferred; and I live life on my own terms. So why must I choose to decorate according to someone else’s idea of beauty? Even if it was irrational, it was all mine, so I did it.
•    Ideal Ideas: And finally, there are some ideas that are ideal for a home. These are the practical ones that help you maintain a clean home (I’m a cleanliness and order freak, a sort of Type A personality) without too much of an effort each day. If you think in terms of easy maintenance, there are some ideas that come to mind, but only if you clean the house on a regular basis.

The experience of decorating my home has taught me a lot – first and foremost that home is where the heart is, and last but not the least, that just as beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder, creativity lies in the mind of the designer.

 

Why We Meditate – Benefits of Regular Meditation

Posted by Site Administrator | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 30-01-2009

Meditation is something that more and more people are beginning to practice, and for good reason – meditation benefits its practitioners in many different ways.  Practicing the techniques of meditation on a regular basis can help improve body, mind, and spirit, ultimately helping you to live a longer, healthier, and more fulfilling life in the process.  What follows is a brief list of benefits that result from the regular practice of meditation. 

Strengthens the Mind

Focusing your undivided attention on a particular mantra or stream of consciousness helps you to learn to train your mind and strengthens it as a result.  Gaining control over your thoughts and the ability to experience a lack of thought helps you to take control of thoughts and recognize them for what they are – just a natural process of the mind.  Learning to take charge of you thoughts helps you to attune to your physical body, making it more effective in its execution of tasks as well.

Improves the Physical Body

In addition to the strengthening of the mind, meditation can be used in conjunction with the practices of yoga to focus on particular parts or areas of the body.  Increasing attention and focus on specific body parts sends more oxygen-rich blood and nutrients to the focal areas and helps overall health and well-being in the process.  With proper attention given to various parts and systems, those who meditate regularly feel their bodies strengthen along with their minds.

Experience Deeper Levels of Relaxation

Regular practice of meditation allows you to experience deeper levels of relaxation for more and more extended periods of time.  There are many benefits of being able to induce relaxation for oneself, including the overall reduction of stress and anxiety in practitioners of meditation.  Mediation also helps to increase serotonin levels, which truly helps with these ailments as well.  Experiencing true deep relaxation simply by using one’s mind is a wonderful benefit of regularly practicing the art of meditation.

Feeling of Centeredness

Overall, the practice of meditation helps individuals to feel centered, or balanced, which is quite helpful in all areas of one’s life.  Balance and harmony through mindful living is something that can be felt on an increasingly more meaningful level through the regular practice of meditation.  Living mindfully can almost be described as “walking meditation,” in which all things one engages in are deliberate and focused; living mindfully is a true art that can be honed through the practice of regular meditation. 

 

100+ Incredible Open Courseware Resources for Science Geeks

Posted by Site Administrator | Posted in College Education, Online Learning, Uncategorized | Posted on 29-10-2008

Science geeks continually on the lookout for more information can hit the motherload when it comes to open courseware classes. No matter what field of science you may be interested in learning about, there are a number of enlightening and challenging college courses that you can take absolutely free. From life sciences to astronomy to health sciences and so much more, you are sure to find courses that will teach you exactly what you want to know.

Biology

From genetically modified foods to animals in extreme environments, these biology classes will educate the beginner or the advanced science student.

  1. Gene manipulation in plants. Take a look at current work in the field of genetic modification in plants and also examine common traits of GM and a case study.
  2. Social issues and GM crops. Examine concerns, controversy, and safety issues associated with genetically modified food crops in this class.
  3. Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology: The Brain and Cognitive Sciences III. Study the major areas of cellular and molecular neurobiology in this graduate level class.
  4. Experimental Biology–Communications Intensive. Study the scientific research and writing a research article in this class.
  5. Evolution through natural selection. Examine the life and works of Darwin as well as delve into the study of natural selection here.
  6. Meiosis and mitosis. Study cell division and chromosome reproduction in this course that looks at inherited traits and patterns of inheritance.
  7. Eutrophication. Look at the causes, effects, and ways to manage the increase in the concentration of nutrients in plants in both terrestrial and aquatic systems.
  8. Animals at the extremes: the desert environment. The first in a three-part series, this class examines the desert and the integration of the animals within that ecosystem.
  9. Animals at the extremes: hibernation and torpor. The second in the series, this class looks at characteristics of hibernation, physical and physiological adaptations, and control systems in the brain that allow successful hibernation.
  10. Animals at the extremes: polar biology. The final class in this series, this course focuses on the processes and adaptations that occur in animals who live in polar regions.

Chemistry

Learn about the properties of metals, chemistry in the kitchen, chemistry lab techniques, and more in these interesting chemistry classes.

  1. Physical Metallurgy. Learn about the structure and properties of metals in this course.
  2. The molecular world. Study atoms, the periodic table, electronic structure, and molecular reactivity in this class which strives to provide an understanding of some of the problems chemists wrestle with in their research.
  3. Principles of Chemical Science. Take this introductory course in chemistry from MIT to get a firm grasp of the basics.
  4. Kitchen Chemistry. Learn basic chemistry principles while practicing cooking experiments in this class from MIT.
  5. Advanced Kitchen Chemistry. The follow-up to Kitchen Chemistry, this course is a hands-on class examining topics such as cheese making, joys of tofu, and the science of spice.
  6. Organic Chemistry I. Get your feet wet with this introduction to organic chemistry that also touches on the chemistry of aromatic compounds.
  7. Physical Methods in Inorganic Chemistry. Study topics such as x-ray diffraction, limits of x-ray diffraction methods, and structure data bases.
  8. Chemistry Laboratory Techniques. Watch videos to learn proper laboratory techniques which will allow you to safely and successfully carry out chemistry experiments in the lab.
  9. Protein Folding Problem. Complete a research paper on a topic surrounding protein folding, misfolding, and the physiological roles they play.
  10. Kinetics of Chemical Reactions. Study the "experimental and theoretical aspects of chemical reaction kinetics" with discussions on reactions at the gas and liquid phases and on surfaces.

Physics

If physics is your thing, then you will enjoy learning about electromagnetics, fusion, scattering and tunneling, and superconductivity in these classes.

  1. Electromagnetic Interactions. This graduate level class examines the basics of electromagnetic theory.
  2. Describing motion along a line. Learn about motion, positions along a line, and the various forms of motion along a line.
  3. Neutron Science and Reactor Physics. Study the basic properties of the neutron as well as nuclear physics and reactor design.
  4. Seminar: Fusion and Plasma Physics. This course covers plasma physics and fusion engineering while exploring the development of fusion power.
  5. Scattering and tunneling. Learn about the physics of scattering and tunneling in both a stationary-state approach and a wave-packet approach.
  6. Superconductivity. Examine the properties of superconductors and examine the two main types of superconductors in this course.
  7. James Clerk Maxwell. Study the life and works of this famous physicist and examine the results of his work on electromagnetics.

Earth Sciences

From plate tectonics to ocean circulations to the history of the African continent, these Earth science classes are sure to educate and entertain you.

  1. Science and Communication. Offered through the MIT/WHOI Joint Program, this course strives to help the graduate student in marine science develop questions that can be incorporated into their research.
  2. Practicing science: reading the rocks and ecology. Get an introduction to both earth science and ecology in this course.
  3. Special Topics in Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences: The Environment of the Earth’s Surface. Learn about the processes that affect the surface of the Earth and gain practical knowledge that can help with management of the Earth’s environment.
  4. Applications of Continuum Mechanics to Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences. Learn "practical applications of the continuum concept for deformation of solids and fluids."
  5. Plate Tectonics. This class serves as an introduction to plate tectonics with information on the theory, motion, driving forces, and implications of plate tectonics.
  6. Introduction to Ocean Science and Engineering. Get the basics of science and engineering as it is applied to exploring and observing the oceans in this class that includes video of students field-testing their lab projects.
  7. Atmospheric and Ocean Circulations. Learn about the physics of the circulations that occur in the Earth’s atmosphere and oceans.
  8. Dynamics of Complex Systems: Biological and Environmental Coevolution Preceding the Cambrian Explosion. Study the effects of biogeochemical cycles on the of animals starting from the earliest known microscopic animal fossil and ending with the Cambrian explosion.
  9. Geodynamics. This course covers the mechanics of the deformation of the Earth’s mantle and crust.
  10. Crosby Lectures in Geology: History of Africa. Professor Kevin Burke lectures on the unique properties of the African continent.
  11. Structural Geology. Examine the processes and products of rock deformation in this class that includes both class lectures as well as lab exercises.
  12. Geodynamics Seminar. Not only can you examine the questions surrounding how the earth formed, what it looked like, and how life came to be, but you can also relive the class trip to Ontario where students applied their knowledge in hands-on research.

Environmental Science

Learn about climate change, ecology theory, environmental policy and more in these environmental science classes.

  1. Seminar in Environmental Science. This course offers a look at the current research trends in environmental science with the topic for this specific class being Global Respiration.
  2. Strange Bedfellows: Science and Environmental Policy. Learn about the relationship between science and politics when it comes to setting environmental policies.
  3. Global Climate Change: Economics, Science, and Policy. From the Sloan School of Management, this course looks at the intersection of science, economics, and ecology when it comes to policies regarding global warming.
  4. Environmental Earth Science. Learn how geologic processes have changed the Earth’s environment throughout the history of the Earth.
  5. Dynamics of Complex Systems: Complexity in Ecology. This course reviews both classical works and recent literature that discuss the complexity of ecology.
  6. Dynamics of Complex Systems: Ecological Theory. A sister course to Complexity in Ecology, this class also examines classical and recent works, but with the emphasis on ecological theory.
  7. Climate change. Learn about climate change, global warming, and the greenhouse effect in this course.
  8. Introducing Environment–taster materials. This basic course is designed to instruct the novice about scientific and technical aspects of studying the environment while also teaching writing and learning skills to effectively communicate your findings.
  9. Health and environment. Learn about the impacts of changes in the environment on health by studying the environmental legacy, pollution, population growth, and ecology.
  10. Global warming. Examine the changes in the Earth’s temperature through study of natural temperature changes, history of the climate, and recorded temperatures.

Astronomy

From observing stars and planets to studying modern navigation techniques using celestial bodies, these astronomy classes will have you seeing stars.

  1. Introduction to Astronomy. Get a quantitative study of the physics of the solar system, stars, the galaxy, and more through observation and models.
  2. Hands-on Astronomy: Observing Stars and Planets. Learn to use small telescopes while studying the moon, planets, satellites, and stars in this course.
  3. Modern Astrophysics. Study the physics as they apply to processes in celestial objects such as Supernovae, Collapsed Stars, Pulsars, and more.
  4. The Early Universe. This course examines the big-bang theory and particle theory in this introductory course to cosmology.
  5. Exploring Black Holes: General Relativity & Astrophysics. Study black holes through a combination of class assignments, lectures, videos, and a project.
  6. Modern Navigation. Examine modern navigation techniques using celestial bodies and satellite positioning for ships, automobiles, and aircrafts.
  7. Extrasolar Planets: Physics and Detection Techniques. Study the properties of extrasolar planets and explore the possibilities of the atmospheres and interiors of these planets.
  8. Icy bodies: Europa and elsewhere. Learn about icy satellites surrounding outlying planets and explore conditions and potential for life on these entities.

Aeronautics

While you might not be building the next space shuttle, these classes will teach you all about the mechanics of space travel.

  1. Aerospace Biomedical and Life Support Engineering. Study the problems and countermeasures to physiological adaptation in microgravity and partial gravity environments.
  2. Space Systems Engineering. This class asks students to consider the challenges of designing both ground and space telescopes and eventually design one or two of the top proposals from class.
  3. Dynamics. Learn the basics of Newtonian mechanics, orbital mechanics, flight dynamics, and more in this aeronautics class.
  4. Satellite Engineering. Write the problems as well as the solutions while learning the basics of subsystem design in engineering spacecraft.
  5. Cognitive Robotics. Learn theory and application of autonomous systems that possess artificial reasoning abilities such as the Mars Exploration Rover.
  6. Rocket Propulsion. Find out about chemical rocket propulsion systems in this class.
  7. Space Propulsion. Begin with a review of rocket propulsion, then move on to chemical and electrical propulsion techniques in this class.
  8. Space Policy Seminar. Through completion of a project, learn about the current issues surrounding space policy as well as the history of these issues.

Technology

From classes using Legos as teaching tools to a study of the history of computing, these technology classes offer the latest combination of science and technology.

  1. Technologies for Creative Learning. This hands-on course, a must for Lego fans, examines the ways new technologies can help stimulate learning and creativity.
  2. Lego Robotics. Use Legos to explore robotics, programming, and more in this fun technology class.
  3. Information Technology Essentials. Get an overview of technology concepts and trends, concepts, and hardware and software in this course that teaches the basics.
  4. The Anthropology of Computing. Learn about the people behind computing from the early days to the modern world while exploring issues such as hackers, privacy, and more.
  5. New Global Agenda: Exploring 21st Century Challenges through Innovations in Information Technology. This class examines how IT development has affected globalization and international politics.
  6. Social Study of Science and Technology. Take a look at scientific, social, biological, and electronic reproduction of knowledge in this course.

Health Sciences

Learn about biomedical ethics, mad cow disease, magnetic imaging techniques and more in these classes with a focus on health and medicine.

  1. The life sciences industry: an introduction. Learn about the history of human healthcare as well as the development and management of the pharmaceutical industry.
  2. Projects in Microscale Engineering for the Life Sciences. This project-based course is an introduction to cell and biological molecule manipulation using microfabricated tools.
  3. Biomedical Optics. Get an introduction to the physics and engineering that goes into optical technology in this class.
  4. Engineering Biomedical Information: From Bioinformatics to Biosurveillance. This course examines the intersection of computer science and biomedical research while studying the technological advances in the field of biomedics.
  5. Obesity: balanced diets and treatment. Learn about balanced diets as well as causes of obesity including genetics and environmental factors.
  6. BSE and vCJD: their biology and management. This course out of the UK examines mad cow disease and the link between the similar disease that affects humans as well as the management of these diseases.
  7. Computing for Biomedical Scientists. Examine the ways computing can work in problem-solving in the biomedical field.
  8. Magnetic Resonance Analytic, Biochemical, and Imaging Techniques. Learn the basics of NMR theory while students participate in detailed examinations of imaging techniques.
  9. Medical Computing. Study how clinical medicine is supported by computing, including specific needs and solutions.
  10. Dilemmas in Bio-Medical Ethics: Playing God or Doing Good?. Examine the ethical questions of biomedics with case studies including abortion, cloning, organ transplantation, and more.
  11. Career Options for Biomedical Research. Explore employment options for biomedical graduates with PhDs or MDs in both hospital and academic settings.

Social Science

From brain and cognition to the psychology of gender, these social science classes offer a look at the relationship between brain and body.

  1. Computational Cognitive Science. Those interested in artificial intelligence and cognitive science will enjoy this class that examines computational theories as they apply to human cognition.
  2. Topics of Philosophy of Science: Social Science. Take an in depth look at the philosophy behind social sciences with this course.
  3. Reasonable Conduct in Science. This course discusses the ethics involved in human and animal research in the social sciences.
  4. Topics in Brain and Cognitive Sciences Human Ethology. Examine and analyze human behavior patterns and also study the intersection of human behavior with animal behavior.
  5. Special Topics in Vision Science. Learn about both human and computer vision in this class that explores the psychology of vision.
  6. Psychology of Gender. Learn about the gender differences and social influences within several social realms.
  7. A Clinical Approach to the Human Brain. This course is geared for all students wanting to explore the nature of the human brain and cognition.
  8. Brains and Culture: Love, Lies & Neurotransmitters. Study the human brain as a modern cultural object in this course that looks at digital images of the brain, mental illness, psychopharmacology, and more.
  9. The social in social science. Learn about the challenges of social science and how best to practice and connect theory to practical applications.
  10. Statistical Methods in Brain and Cognitive Science. This course teaches statistical methods used when analyzing data for behavioral and biological sciences.
  11. Probability and Causality in Human Cognition. Find out how the probability theory applies to cognitive processes in this class that is great for an advanced course in artificial intelligence or cognitive science.

Variety of Scientific Topics

These courses don’t really fit into any one category with their wide-reaching subject matter that includes topics in the history of science, writing the science essay, the development of the scientific revolution, and more.

  1. Maths for Science. This course studies the particular types of math used in scientific study with an emphasis on measurement, probability, and descriptive statistics.
  2. History of Science. Take a look at the history of science from the 17th through the 20th century with particular attention to the physical sciences, natural history, and medicine.
  3. Finding information in science and nature. Teaching the basics in finding and evaluating information, this course will help you know where to look for information, how to organize it, and how to stay current in your knowledge.
  4. Cold War Science. Examine the changes that occurred to the field of science, predominately in the United States, during the Cold War.
  5. American Science: Ethical Conflicts and Political Choices. Study the changing roles of science in the United States from World War II forward while examining topics ranging from the atomic bomb to genetic engineering to whistle blowing.
  6. The Rise of Modern Science. Without looking at specific scientific discoveries, this class will examine how science has been practiced and by whom from the 17th century to the present in both the US and Europe.
  7. The Science Essay. Learn how to write an essay with the intended audience being that of the scientific or technological field.
  8. Methods in Science. Intended as a course for elementary school teachers, this class covers the standards in science education as well as approaches to learning science that will serve all learners.
  9. Toward the Scientific Revolution. Examine the study of nature from ancient times through the Renaissance and its effect on the evolution of science.
  10. Natural Science Parts I and II. Learn the basics about life science, physical science, and Earth science in this 16 week course.

100 Free College Rides You Don’t Need Daddy to Pay For

Posted by Site Administrator | Posted in College Education, Uncategorized | Posted on 14-01-2008

Believe it or not, there are many colleges and universities that offer students free tuition. Many of them are funded by endowments, state programs, or even student workers. But they all offer an incredibly affordable way to get a quality education. Here, we’ve listed 100 real colleges and universities where you can go to school for free.

Academic Achievement

Getting good grades and scoring well on the SAT or ACT can help you get a free ride at these schools.

  1. Alice Lloyd College: In Pippa Passes, Kentucky, Alice Lloyd College offers fee tuition to students who demonstrate achievement on the SAT/ACT as well as GPA in pre-college curriculum.
  2. The Cooper Union: The Cooper Union offers academic programs in architecture, art, and engineering. Undergraduates are admitted solely based on merit and all receive full scholarships.
  3. The University of Arizona: Provided that you have exceeded testing standards, you can receive a tuition waiver to attend the University of Arizona.
  4. Union College: Union Colleges grants full tuition to all students who are National Merit Finalists.
  5. Oregon Institute of Technology: National Merit Scholarship Finalists and those with otherwise excellent qualifications can receive full resident tuition and fees from the Oregon Institute of Technology.
  6. Lorain County Community College: At this community college, students can earn merit based free tuition or receive the Diversity Incentive Award, which gives Lorain County high school graduates of specific ethnic groups free tution.
  7. Drew University: Students who have completed the Governor’s School in the Sciences can get free tuition from Drew University.
  8. Cisco Junior College: Texan high schoolers who graduate in the upper 25 percent of their class can receive full tuition and fees from this college.
  9. Arizona State University: At Arizona State University, you can get a full tuition waiver, provided that you have exceeded standards on testing in the state.
  10. Southeast Missouri State University: This Missouri school offers full tuition to valedictorials and those in the top 10% of their class with excellent test scores.
  11. Alfred State College: In New York, this college offers free tuition, room, and board to students with excellent academic achievement.
  12. Temple College: If you’re a valedictorian or salutatorian from an accredited Texas high school, you can get free tuition from Temple.
  13. Dallas Baptist University: National Merit Finalists can get free tuition from this university.
  14. Southwestern University: Students with a 1400 on the SAT or who are in the top 5% of their class can apply for the Brown Scholar Awards program, which awards full tuition, room and board.
  15. Baylor University: National Merit Finalists who select Baylor as their first choice college will receive free tuition.
  16. Spring Arbor University: National Merit Finalists will get a free ride at Spring Arbor University.
  17. Kilgore College: National Merit Finalists receive a 100% tuition guarantee at this college.
  18. Lon Morris College: Students who graduate in the top two percent of their class, or those who have scored in the ninetieth percentile or above on the SAT or ACT will get full tuition at Lon Morris College.
  19. East Texas Baptist University: If you’re a National Merit Semi-Finalist, your full tuition is paid for at East Texas Baptist University.
  20. CUNY Honors College: All students who are accepted to CUNY’s Honors College will receive tuition and many other expenses for free.
  21. Texas Women’s University: You can get full tuition and fees at this university if you’re a valedictorian or salutatorian.
  22. Northern Arizona University: Arizona students who have excellent test scores can receive a tuition waiver for Northern Arizona University.
  23. McMurry University: If you qualify for McMurry University’s honors program, your full tuition and fees will be covered.
  24. Weatherford College: Valedictorians can get free tuition from this school.
  25. Blinn College: Texas valedictorians and salutatorians can receive full tuition and fees from Blinn College.
  26. Southwestern Adventist University: Students who are National Merit Finalists can get 100% tuition coverage from this university.

Work-Study

These schools will ask you to work in order to earn your tuition.

  1. Berea College: At this liberal arts college, you’ll be expected to work for your tuition.
  2. College of the Ozarks: This college brands itself as "Hard Work U," as all of its full time students are required to work with the school in order to pay their tuition.
  3. North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Students who have low income and work on campus can attend UNC-Chapel Hill for free.
  4. Deep Springs College: In Colorado, this all-male liberal arts college offers two year programs with a full scholarship to all of the school’s 26 students, who participate in manual labor as part of their education.
  5. United States Coast Guard Academy: The Coast Guard Academy’s students attend tuition-free and will also receive a monthly stipend while in school.
  6. Webb Institute of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering: Students of the Webb Institute study naval architecture and marine engineering. Tuition is paid by participating in a winter work term, in which students wotk in the maritime industry.

Need Based

Students who come from low income families can get free admission from these colleges and universities.

  1. University of Washington: Washington State residents who demonstrate need may be eligible for free tuition at the University of Washington.
  2. John Carroll University: Families making less than $40,000 per year can enroll incoming freshmen tuition-free.
  3. Texas A&M: Students whose families earn incomes less than $60,000 are eligible for free tuition at this Texas university.
  4. Washington State University: Washington State University has a similar program to University of Washington’s. Washington resident students who qualify for Federal Pell or State Grants can apply for a free tuition program.
  5. Texas Tech University: You can get free tuition and fees from Texas Tech if your family’s income is $40,000 or below.
  6. Claremont McKenna College: Claremont McKenna College will award students with 100% of their determined need. The college also matches full Army ROTC scholarships with a grant for full room and board.
  7. Michigan State University: The Spartan Advantage program offers full tuition coverage for the neediest Michigan students.
  8. Stanford: If you get accepted to Stanford and your family earns less than $100,000, you can go to Stanford for free.
  9. Harvard College Financial Aid Office: Through the Harvard Financial Aid Initiative, students from families with annual incomes below $60,000 will not have to pay for tuition.
  10. Soka University: Soka University, a private college in California, offers free tuition to students whose families make less than $60,000 per year.
  11. University of Texas: If your family earns less than $25,000 a year, you can attend the University of Texas for free.
  12. University of Virginia: As a part of the AccessUVa program, you can attend the University of Virginia for free.
  13. Sacred Heart University: Families with an income of less than $50,000 can send their children to Sacred Heart University for free.
  14. Dartmouth: This elite school will allow students whose families make less than $75,000 a year to attend school for free.
  15. University of Pennsylvania: Students from families who have an income below $90,000 will not pay tuition at the University of Pennsylvania, and students with a family income below $40,000 will not have to pay room and board, either.
  16. MIT: MIT waives tuition for all of its students who come from families that earn less than $75,000 per year.

Professional Demand

These programs are designed to add incentive for qualified professionals to enter the market.

  1. The Teacher Academy: At The City University of New York, exceptional students can receive free tuition, stipends for internships, as well as a guaranteed full time teaching position.
  2. United States Military Academy at West Point: If you receive a nomination to attend West Point, you will be granted admission and do not have to pay for school.
  3. Barclay College: This Christian college offers full tuition to all on-campus students.
  4. Call Me Mister: This program at Clemson University and other colleges recruits black males to become teachers, and offers them free tuition.
  5. The Curtis Institute of Music: Founded in order to train exceptionally gifted young musicians, The Curtis Institute provides merit based full tuition scholarships to the students who are chosen to attend the school.
  6. United States Air Force Academy: Students enrolled at the United States Air Force Academy do not pay tuition, provided you fulfill your service with the US Air Force.
  7. Crossroad Bible Institute: This institute offers a free religious education to those who are in prison.
  8. University of Central Florida College of Medicine: This college offers a free medical education to a very select group of students.
  9. United States Naval Academy: Students in the US Naval Academy do not pay tuition, instead repaying the Navy through years of service.
  10. Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering: This college supports the engineering as a creative design, vehicle for human and societal needs, and a creator of value. As such, the college offers free tuition to all that are accepted.
  11. Abilene Christian University: Abilene Christian University gives full tuition to students who have declared their major in computer science or technology.
  12. Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine: Students at the Cleveland Clinic of Case Western Reserve University will receive free tuition.
  13. Master’s Baptist College: This Baptist bible college is a ministry of Fargo Baptist Church.
  14. United States Merchant Marine Academy: Students of the US Merchant Marine Academy do not pay tuition.
  15. New Wine Bible College: This college operates as a non-profit ministry, offering free religious education to students.

Location Based

A number of cities, counties, and states offer free tuition to students who either excel in their studies, or demonstrate a serious need.

  1. J.F. Drake State Technical College: If you’re a high school graduate of specific Alabama counties, you can study for free in J.F. Drake State Technical College’s summer session.
  2. University of California: As a resident of California, you can attend University of California tuition free.
  3. El Dorado, Arkansas: Students living in El Dorado, Arkansas, can get a free ride to college.
  4. Clay County, Mississippi: Clay County students can get free tuition at East Mississippi Community College.
  5. Philadelphia: Students in Philadelphia who have stalled their college degree can get free tuition from Philadelphia in order to finish their studies.
  6. New Jersey: Students who graduate in the top 20% of their class can get free tuition through the NJ Stars program.
  7. Tulsa Community College: All high school graduates in Tulsa County, Oklahoma, can receive free tuition at Tulsa Community College.
  8. Newton High School: Graduates of this high school will receive a four year tuition scholarship.
  9. Highline Community College: In association with Federal Way Public Schools, students can attend the college tuition-free.
  10. West Virginia: West Virginia offers a merit-based program that gives full tuition scholarships to qualified students.
  11. Oklahoma: Oklahoma’s Promise entitles students whose families have an income of $50,000 or less to receive free tuition.
  12. Owens Community College: This community college offers free tuition to select public schools in Ohio.
  13. Brookhaven College: This college has partnered with a variety of high schools to offer tuition-free courses.
  14. The Kalamazoo Promise: Residents of Kalamazoo can get free tuition to universities in Michigan.
  15. Clark University: Students who live in specific neighborhoods or who attend the University Park Campus School will receive free tuition at Clark University.
  16. Akron, Ohio: Children who are residents of Akron can attend the University of Akron or advanced trade schools can get free tuition.
  17. University of Minnesota: Minnesota residents can take advantage of the University of Minnesota’s free tuition program.
  18. University of Georgia: Georgia residents who maintain at least a B average will be able to attend the University of Georgia tuition-free.
  19. Century College: High school graduates with a financial need from select St. Paul high schools can attend Century College tuition free.
  20. California State University: Residents of California can receive free tuition from California State University.

Online

Get free tuition from these online colleges and you’ll truly get a good deal. You won’t even need to pay for room and board!

  1. Andrew Jackson University: Take your education anywhere, for free, with this online tuition-free university.
  2. Trinity College of Biblical Studies: Apply to this online bible college to get a free religious education.
  3. The DiUlus Institute: You’ll be able to attend this online research institute for free.

International

Go overseas for a free education with one of these schools.

  1. Jonkoping International Business School: This university in Sweden promises free education for all of its students.
  2. Free University of Bozen-Bolzano: You’ll be able to study economics, education, computer science, and more in this free, multi-lingual university.
  3. Uppsala University: Uppsala University is a well ranked, free university.
  4. Karolinska University: Study in a hospital setting for free with this medical school.
  5. Ecuador universities: If you become a police or military officer in Ecuador, you will be able to receive a free higher education.
  6. KTH Royal Institute of Technology: You can get a free technological education at the Royal Institute of Technology.
  7. Warwickshire College: Adult students can get free tuition from this college.
  8. Lund University: At Lund University in Sweden, you will not have to pay tuition fees.

Special Groups

These schools and programs offer free tuition to special groups such as veterans and senior citizens.

  1. Wyoming Veterans’ Benefits: Veterans, war orphans, and widows can get free tuition in Wyoming.
  2. North Carolina Wesleyan College: Under the Silver Scholars Program, senior citizens 60 and above can take courses at this college tuition free.
  3. University of Rochester: In a number of the University of Rochester’s programs, veterans will receive free tuition.
  4. Hill College: Hill College offers free tuition to blind or deaf students, foster care students, and students who have graduated high school early.
  5. Disabled Veterans’ Children in Indiana: Students who are children of disabled veterans are eligible for free tuition in Indiana.
  6. Benedictine University: Armed forces veterans can get free tuition at Benedictine University.