A List of Colleges That Don’t Take Federal Money

In order to preserve their freedom and independence.

The following colleges in the United States, in order to preserve their liberty and independence, do not accept grants from the federal government or participate in any federal financial-aid or student-loan program.

  1. Bethlehem College & Seminary (Minnesota)
  2. Boyce College (Kentucky)
  3. Christendom College (Virginia)
  4. Faith Bible College (Maine)
  5. Grace Baptist College (Michigan)
  6. Grove City College (Pennsylvania)
  7. Gutenberg College (Oregon)
  8. Hillsdale College (Michigan)
  9. Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (Tennessee)
  10. New College Franklin (Tennessee)
  11. New Saint Andrews College (Idaho)
  12. Patrick Henry College (Virginia)
  13. Pensacola Christian College (Florida)
  14. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Texas)
  15. Wyoming Catholic College (Wyoming)

These schools bar their students from receiving federal student aid, because the money comes with strings attached that the school deems unacceptable.

Most of the schools also forgo assistance from state and local governments.

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Updated: March 23, 2018.

Published: December 2, 2017.

Author: Dean Clancy.

6 Replies to “A List of Colleges That Don’t Take Federal Money”

  1. I would really like to see an engineering school that doesn’t take federal money and that doesn’t participate in the federal aid programs – I’m not wealthy, just comfortable after 50 plus years of engineering and would like to leave part or all of my estate to such a school –

      1. I echo that: Grove City College has excellent academics (including Engineering and other STEM programs), an amazing campus designed by the architect of Central Park and other Ivy League schools, and they don’t take any federal dollars. A hidden gem.

  2. I don’t know if they offer an engineering degree, but I am suprised to not see College of the Ozarks on this list: students at C of O do not take out student loans; they are required to work on staff while at school, and graduate debt-free.
    The school maintains a christian character and emphasizes service while learning.

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