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Want to Go to College Free?

Yes, free. That’s no typo. It’s called the Horace Mann Scholarship. Application deadline is February 15, 2012. With a Federal Application for Student Aid (FAFSA), you might even avoid the $8,628 cost of room and board. That makes the deal worth roughly $141,000.  The only catch is that you have to move to wonderful, beautiful Ohio.

Here’s the scoop: Antioch College in Yellow Spring, Ohio, has re-opened its doors and needs students. The college, which was founded in 1850, went bankrupt and had to close in 2008. But, many of  their alumni were not willing to see that become a permanent reality. So, they got together and found money to improve and re-fund their endowments and to give them an extra bump of support. Then, they convinced the right people to come back and work there. “We don’t want economics to be an impediment to a high-quality liberal arts education,” Antioch President Mark Roosevelt said. “By providing four year, full-tuition scholarships, we make attending Antioch College a realistic option for the best and brightest students, regardless of their family’s economic situation.” And with that, the college is back up and running. The first class had 35 students; now they are up to 75. The school wants to have 300 students by 2015.

So what can you study there? The school is offering a dozen areas of concentration, ranging from environmental and health sciences to languages and social sciences. “We are a 160-year-old start-up institution with a lot of history,” Cezar Mesquita, Antioch’s dean of admission and financial aid, told MoneyWatch, according to UPI.

According to the Antioch College website:

The College is the only liberal arts institution in the nation to require a comprehensive off-campus cooperative work program of all its students. Cooperative education links theory and practice and supports the development of independence and accountability. All students will alternate between terms of study and terms of full-time work (cooperative education). Learning to live and work productively in the community, and to participate in governance, will remain among the most important skills students will acquire in their learning and living within the community on and off campus.

Antioch College will award the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees upon successful completion of degree requirements in four divisions: Arts, Humanities, Science, and Social Science. Students will plan their courses of study with their advisors. Areas of concentration may be either disciplinary or interdisciplinary based upon the concentrations offered in each division. With the early support and leadership of educators at the College, there is broad participation in a long-range planning effort to capture in detail the structure to support the new concept of an Antioch College education. In this planning effort, the curriculum has been designed to engender an understanding of the historical context and the intellectual roots of current issues while emphasizing contemporary issues of local, national and global importance such as governance, energy and food production and innovative alternatives to time-work approaches to academic and practical matters.

Antioch College counts the late civil rights leader Coretta Scott King, actor Cliff Robertson and “Twilight Zone” creator Rod Serling among its long list of illustrious alumni; why not add your name to the list?

Rock on!