NO Debt After Graduating College


Imagine going to college for 4 years and not having a debt when you graduate. You say sure, if I get a full-boat scholarship.  BUT, that’s not the only way.  I have discovered an amazing option to make that dream come true.  Let me introduce you to the College of the Ozarks.   

Also known as Hard Work U, College of the Ozarks (“CoO”) is an absolutely amazing college!  There are a few other similar higher education institutes in the USA like this.  But, this is my favorite.  A college that young adults can go to and come out debt free by working a few hours a week and a couple weeks during seasonal off time.   CoO offers degrees of all natures (business, agriculture, engineering, nursing, pre-med to pilots).  When students graduate, they are in high demand by employers, due to their strong work ethic, moral character, and the work experience they already have at graduation.

Ralph Foster, the founder, knew what he was doing when he developed the CoO system where the students worked as they study to pay for their education.  Students are picked by financial need and worthiness to attend.  It is a very strict college with no leniency towards drugs and alcohol.  As well as separated dorms by sex, and no mingling after hours of the two either. During Freshman year at CoO, students are assigned a job at one of the many jobs.  If they want to change the following years, they have to submit a resume and earn a different position.

There are a variety of positions from milking cows to working in the Lodge or Restaurant.  Everything that the students make at CoO is sold to help support the college.  They make:

  • Candles
  • Jams & Jellies
  • Stained Glass pieces
  • Homemade Ice Cream (made from their own cows’ milk)
  • Corn Mill from their mill
  • Farm Raised Meat
  • Plants and flowers
  • Garden fresh vegetables

I have to say that Lodge and Restaurant are first class!  The cuisine and service is amazing. 

Other jobs that students can get range from:

  • Working in Grounds Maintenance Department;
  • Helping Engineer and Build other surrounding buildings;
  • Helping at the local airport or hospital;
  • Working in the kitchen under the direct guidance of a Chef;
  • Working at the Front Desk of the Lodge, or;
  • Working as a Waiter at the Restaurant. 

There are numerous jobs that need to be filled and are by the students to help keep CoO self-sustained.  CoO is NOT supported by the State and is a private Tier 1 College.  For more information, CLICK HERE.

Just so you know, I do not make anything from this blog for College of the Ozarks.  I am just very PRO-Education!  And, if I can help one more person get a college education.  I’m glad I could help!

If you get a chance to tour the CoO campus, visit the Ralph Foster Museum.  It’s known as the Smithsonian of the Ozarks. You can only image everything that you can see there with that title.  One thing that you can see there, that you will not see at the Smithsonian, is Jethro’s truck from the Beverly Hillbillies.  That’s right!   Paul Henning and Foster got together and the idea was formed and the rest is history for Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction and Green Acres.

Happy exploring!  And, remember, to comment below, to let me know if I have accomplished #4 of my four (4) phase technique of exploring the world:  Explore, Discover, Learn & Inspire.  

See you again soon!


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