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The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price by Lynn O’Shaughnessy

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Working Colleges

Working colleges represent another source of free tuition or significantly reduced fees. Everyone holds a job at these colleges, which integrate work with academics. While there were hundreds of these colleges in the mid nineteenth century, today only seven schools meet the federal definition of a working college. Kids work on campus farms, repair computers, work at daycare centers for the community, and operate dining halls. The vast majority of students work at least 140 hours per semester.

These three working schools do not charge tuition:

Berea College, Berea, Kentucky. Started by an abolitionist in the mid 1800s as the South’s first interracial and coeducational college, Berea College reaches out to promising students who ...

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