In Branson Missouri their is the College of the Ozarks. In can be, if the student wants, “free”. They dont even take federal loans. However they have to work at least 30 hours a week for the school or its many businesses. This has earned it the nickname “Hard Work U”. For example they have aworking farm and a store where they sell products. They are most famous for their fruitcake and jellies. They sell over 25,000 fruitcakes a year. They also operate theKeeter center which is a hotel, restaurant, and convention center. Their museum is famous in the area partly because it has the truck from the tv show “Beverly Hillbillies”.
Having students do many of the jobs on campus from cleaning to mowing grass to paperwork greatly reduces overhead staff costs. Working at many of the college businesses (milking cows, making fruitcake, waiting on tables) teaches the students valuable job skills. Money magazine and other sources give the school high praise. Fox News once did a segment there.
Granted the school isnt as liberal or open as others want. They have some strict rules like no opposite sex in the dorms, no booze, 1:00 am curfew, and filtered internet.
We had work/study also in college but it would not have paid for your full tuition. My old school, University of Kansas, already makes millions off selling licensing fees but I think that mostly goes to the sports teams. Might not that better be used to support the college?
Could more colleges do something like this? Could colleges start businesses for the students to run and make money from?