Thanks to a generous partnership, hundreds of thousands of Starbucks employees can attend Arizona State University Online and receive free tuition. Known as the Starbucks College Achievement Plan, all full-time partners (what employers are called at Starbucks) can complete a full bachelor’s degree (or take a few classes) without paying a penny for tuition.
Ithaca, New York
A premier Ivy League institution that’s been in operation since the end of the Civil War, Cornell provides both campus-based and online classes – the latter of which are offered via the distance learning platform eCornell. Students coming from families with a total income of $60,000 or less receive free online tuition if they are admitted and meet other requirements.
Durham, North Carolina
Recognized as one of the leading research and teaching institutions in the world, Duke University is committed to ensuring all learners – regardless of financial background – have the opportunity to gain a meaningful education. To accomplish this, the school offers a full-tuition scholarship to accepted students from families that make $60,000 or less annually. Additional scholarships are available to degree seekers who don’t qualify under the income plan but still need significant financial assistance.
In addition to offering free tuition for students enrolled at the brick-and-mortar campus, Harvard University extends the same provisions to distance learners. Students enrolled online can take advantage of free courses – offered with or without credit – if their family makes less than $65,000 each year and they’re accepted into the program and meet other qualifications. Families making between $65,000 and $150,000 typically contribute between zero and 10 percent of the total costs.
As the only tuition free, online-only college in America to enjoy full accreditation, California-based University of the People has educated more than 10,000 learners since its 2009 inception. The school currently offers associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees in three areas: business administration, computer science, and health science. While all tuition and course materials are offered free of charge, students pay a $60 application fee and assessment fees of $100 per undergraduate and $200 per graduate course. UP is accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.