With college costs soaring and nearly $1.3 trillion in student loans outstanding, a handful of schools have carved out a unique spot in academia — they charge no tuition at all.
Although the costs of tuition is $0, getting in is no small feat. Each school looks for determined young scholars eager to challenge themselves throughout their college career.
"Many of these free schools are pretty specific, and the students that attend are very driven and know what they want to do," said David Soto, co-author of the Princeton Review book "Colleges That Pay You Back."
In return for a college degree at no cost — and with no debt burden — the commitment they require, even after graduation, is steep.
Click ahead for nine colleges that have free tuition.
– By CNBC's Jessica Dickler
Posted 13 April 2016