Last year when Ric and I were in Branson, we had some extra time on our hands and since there was a tour that we had not taken on previous Branson visits, we signed on and were lucky enough to have an extremely informative tour guide. It was only then that I learned about the very interesting ways and means that students can find right there in Branson at the College of the Ozarks.
You see, at the College of the Ozarks the belief is that students should not graduate from college with a mountain of debt, and yet almost 90% of the students who attend the college cannot afford to pay full tuition. So what do they do? The college puts them to work!
The college owns hog and cattle farms, dorms, gardens, and restaurants. Students who are in need of financial aid are given a jobs either on or off campus and, believe it or not, they are paid in tuition credits! It’s the coolest system I’ve come across and is a win/win/win situation for students, employers, and the college!
As a result of its system of barter, so to speak, the College of the Ozarks often goes by the name of Hard Work U. However, call it what you will but grads walk away from their college years with no debt and an awful lot of work experience!
Obviously, the College of the Ozarks is a private university, and it may not be for your young man or woman; however, it also might be an answer to a financial crunch.