I just received an email about an interesting article entitled “100 Free College Rides You Don’t Need Daddy to Pay For.” This is a list of 100 colleges around the country that will provide free tuition for certain students. If you meet the criteria for these free rides and the college is a good match for your needs, this is a great deal. Keep in mind, however, that most of these “free rides” still require the student to pay for room and board so it might not be a totally free ride.
This list could even be expanded if you included all of the colleges that have eliminated loans in their financial aid packages in the past year and those that have strong need based aid. For students from lower income families these colleges will also pay for your tuition leaving, at most, a small amount for room and board.
Along with understanding financial aid as I wrote in my last post, this new site adds another dimension to the search for the best college for your needs when considering cost.