USA Today has an interesting article about tuition-free colleges.It's not just military academies that offer tuition-free education either. Some offer liberal arts programs, while others offer engineering or architecture.
At least one tuition-free college had to make concessions to the reality of the impact economy on its endowment. The Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Massachusetts, which has been tuition-free, made the decision to switch to half-tuition for incoming freshmen begining this fall. The decision was made due to the limitations of the college's endowment and the realization that cost-cutting alone would not be sufficient. Olin intends to revert back to fully tuition free as soon as the economic conditions allow.
To read the full article and for USAToday's Top 10 List of Colleges Where Tuition Is Free check out http://www.usatoday.com/news/education/2010-04-06-tuitionfree06_ST_N.htm