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Attend a work college

Students can bypass scholarship applications by enrolling in what's called a work college. Designed to lower college costs and provide job experience, the nation's 8 work colleges require all students to work, usually 15 to 20 hours per week and sometimes while school isn't in session. In exchange, they receive free or substantially reduced tuition.

According to the Work Colleges Consortium in Berea, Kentucky, students work in fields ranging from landscaping to hospitality, can change jobs once per year (sometimes more), and leave campus with their degree and up to 4 years of work experience.

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