Colleges Offer Free/Discounted Tuition to Unemployed

Colleges throughout the country have stepped up to offer free or discounted tuition to laid-off workers.  The programs are designed to help workers prepare for in-demand careers when the job market thaws.



Financial Aid

Illinois Oakton Community College Waives tuition for up to 12 credit hours of courses in five in-demand careers
Kentucky Kentucky Community Colleges, Kentucky Community Technical Colleges (16 colleges) Newly laid-off students are provided with a 50% tuition reduction for up to 6 credit hours/semester.  Students can utilize the discount for a full year.
Michigan 28 Michigan Community Colleges Up to two years’ worth of free tuition for unemployed and underemployed workers
Minnesota Anoka-Ramsey Community College Waive half its tuition for the recently unemployed
Missouri Missouri State University Waive $1,350 of its typical $3,138 semester fees for full-time students who have been recently laid off
Ohio Lorain County Community College “Make Your Lay Off Pay Off” program waives tuition for some classes
Online Western Governors University 100 new Economic Turnaround Scholarships, which knock $1,000 off its tuition of about $3,000 per semester; Scholarship is limited to recently unemployed students who already have at least an associate’s degree and aren’t already enrolled at WGU.
Oregon Oregon Institute of Technology
Klamath Community College
If enrolled by Oct. 1, unemployed workers can take free classes the entire spring semester
Nationwide Bernard Osher Reentry Scholarship Program 73 colleges in 30 states and D.C. offer unemployed workers age 25-50 grants of up to $50K/year for up to 3 years to finish a bachelors degree
New Jersey New Jersey City University
Passaic County Community College
Middlesex County Community College
Unemployed workers register free of charge in courses with empty seats
Pennsylvania Bucks County Community College Up to 30 free credits
Pennsylvania The Community College of Allegheny County Free tuition for five career certification programs.
Pennsylvania Lehigh Carbon Community College Free semester’s worth of tuition to laid-off workers
Pennsylvania The Reading Area Community College One semester’s worth of free tuition

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