In a recent Forbes article, three Work Colleges--Alice Lloyd College, Berea College and College of the Ozarks--were among the handful of higher education institutions featured for giving students the opportunity to minimize college debt even before graduation. 

The article, on the heels of Cooper Union's (New York City) decision to end a 150-year tradition of guaranteed free tuition, puts a spotlight on alternative strategies to help students afford college.

Although only three Work Colleges were highlighted, all seven schools subscribe to a Work-Learning-Service model that requires students to hold campus positions and service requirements. In turn, they graduate with little or no tuition debt.

Other colleges mentioned in the article employ various strategies to pay for tuition that range from talent or merit-based scholarships to military academies that require five years of military service upon graduation.

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