College is more expensive than ever before. Over the past 20 years, the cost of tuition has increased by 157 percent for private universities, 194 percent for out-of-state public universities and a whopping 237 percent for in-state public universities.
But across the country, affordable higher education initiatives have begun to gain popularity. San Francisco, New York and Tennessee have all spearheaded free college initiatives and it seems as if this trend may be catching on.
Free college may sound like a myth, but some schools are starting to make it a reality. Community colleges and four-year public institutions are offering low-income students tuition-free programs. Often referred to as "promise programs," these initiatives cover tuition and fees for students who are categorized as low-income.
Check out these four schools that are giving low-income students a free ride: