Free College? It's More Likely Than You Might Think

[fa icon="calendar"] 9/24/19 2:00 PM / by Madeleine Karydes

Madeleine Karydes

For most students, college is expensive. 

Each year, the costs of attending rise, and show no signs of slowing. Between tuition, textbooks, lab materials, and room and board—the path to a diploma exacts a large price. Yet degrees remain highly in demand. Families are asking: how can we afford it? 

Thankfully, some states have begun to address this issue with legislation. Just last week, New Mexico proposed a bill to offer free tuition for all residents regardless of income bracket. What may really surprise you, though, is that about half of the states already offer some form of free tuition for their residents! These benefits are usually reserved for in-state applicants, so it’s not a free-for-all—but if you and your family are weighing options for how to pay for a college education, see if your state qualifies. 

Ready to learn more?




We’ve compiled a list of which states offer tuition-free paths, so you don’t have to. Check out the list below and research your state’s rules. Remember, this is just a starting point: each contains different regulations, so make sure to read up on your individual situation before making a decision!


Does your state offer some form of a tuition-free college option?

Alabama  Yes, in limited areas.
Alaska Not yet.
Arizona Yes, in limited areas.
Arkansas Yes.
California Yes.
Colorado Not yet.
Connecticut Yes, in some areas.
Delaware Yes.
Florida Yes.
Georgia Not yet.
Hawaii Yes.
Idaho Yes.
Illinois Not yet.
Indiana Yes.
Iowa Not yet.
Kansas Not yet.
Kentucky Yes.
Louisiana Yes.
Maine Not yet.
Maryland Yes.
Massachusetts Yes, in some areas.
Michigan Not yet.
Minnesota Yes.
Mississippi Not yet.
Missouri Yes.
Montana Yes.
Nebraska Not yet.
Nevada Yes.
New Hampshire Yes, in limited areas.
New Jersey Yes.
New Mexico Not yet.
New York Yes.
North Carolina Yes.
North Dakota Not yet.
Ohio Not yet.
Oklahoma Yes.
Oregon Yes.
Pennsylvania Yes, in limited areas.
Rhode Island Yes.
South Carolina Not yet.
South Dakota Yes.
Tennessee Yes.
Texas Yes, in some areas.
Utah Not yet.
Vermont Not yet.
Virginia Not yet.
Washington Yes.
West Virginia Yes.
Wisconsin Not yet.
Wyoming Yes.


If you know more about financial aid and how to make the most of your state’s offerings, let us know in the comments!



Topics: College: Deciding Where to Apply & Attend

Madeleine Karydes

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