8 ways to attend college for free
Dule Temple

The Statue of Guanyin in Dule Temple

Inside the West Gate of Jixian County (ancient Yuyang) in the suburbs of Tianjin is Dule Temple, where a twenty-three-metre-high Guanyin Pavilion houses an exquisite sixteen-metre-high statue of Guanyin. The pavilion consists of three levels, the middle level, where the goddess is enshrined, is a vertical shaft, so that a visitor can see her from the floor on any level. For centuries Buddhist followers in the Jixian region have regarded the goddess as a mascot, offering sacrifices to her and making dona- tions to the temple. A temple fair is held there in the third lunar month every year, when people flock to the temple praying to the bodhisattva for enlighten- ing them to the ways of making money, ridding them of their distress and bestowing happiness, health and peace on them. In the past few years, Dule Temple has been refurbished to become a tourist attraction to the east of Beijing.

List of Gods : "Guanyin" - 1 record

Name ▲▼Origin ▲▼Description ▲▼
Goddess name
"Guan Yin/ Guanyin"
Chinese The goddess of mercy

8 ways to attend college for free

1. Grants and scholarships
Financial aid — the traditional way of eliminating college costs — is still available. To increase the odds of landing grants and scholarships, Doug Hewitt, co-author of “Free College Resource Book,” advises students to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, and then focus on local prizes.

“There are more scholarships you’ll qualify for in your home state than nationally,” says Hewitt. “Look at local organizations and talk to your high school (guidance) counselor.”

And remember to start your search early. You won’t be the only person wondering how to go to college for free and scholarships can be limited to a first come, first served basis. You should also keep in mind that you don’t need to wait for your senior year to start hunting for scholarships. There are grants and awards available at all high school grade levels.

2. Give service to your country
The U.S. Coast Guard, Air Force, Military (West Point), Merchant Marine and Naval academies offer free college opportunities to students who serve after college, but cash is also available through ROTC programs closer to home.

Service requirements for ROTC programs vary, but all require students to complete military training on campus and commit to up to 12 years, depending on the branch of service. Students leave with training, a guaranteed job and opportunities for more free education.

AmeriCorps, a national service organization that offers education awards in exchange for community work, provides an award of up to $5,730 for each full year of service. Maximum years of service vary among AmeriCorps programs. Members also receive a living stipend while serving in the program.

3. Work for the school
Schools charge students tuition, but their employees often can get a free education. “This is a great option, especially for older students with job experience,” says Reyna Gobel, author of “CliffsNotes Graduation Debt.” “If you’re 18, you might not qualify for a job that provides (tuition) benefits.”

Schools typically provide benefits for full-time workers and sometimes require a certain level of experience, Gobel says. Future students can find out about their school’s policy by calling the admissions office.

4. Waive your costs
Some students can get a free pass based on academic performance or other factors.

The North American Council on Adoptable Children in St. Paul, Minnesota, reports that Connecticut, Kentucky, Virginia, Maine, Massachusetts, Texas, Florida and Maryland offer waivers at certain public schools for adopted and foster care children.

Other schools offer waivers for Native American students, senior citizens and dislocated workers. To find out what your school offers, call the financial aid office.

5. Become an apprentice
An apprenticeship is another solid option when you’re determining how to get free tuition. They can also open you up to job opportunities post-college.

Overall, your average apprenticeship program will take 1-6 years. You will probably be required to put in that time along with at least 2,000 hours of field work annually. The good news is that there are apprenticeships in more than 1,000 occupations, which can give you more options.

In exchange, the sponsoring employer pays for college or technical training and provides a salary. A list of available programs is available at the ApprenticeshipUSA website.

6. Have your employer pick up the costs
Another way you might receive a free college education is through your employer. Often given in the form of an employee reimbursement, there are plenty of employers that can help curb the cost of higher education.

7. Be in demand
Another great way to find out how to go to college for free is to determine if your field of study is “high-needs.” Will your studies result in a career that’s high in demand? Ask yourself this before you even enroll if you’re trying to cut the cost of college.

Generally, schools will offer incentives to anyone focusing their studies on math, science, nursing, teaching, and social work. There are also additional opportunities available through organizations like Teach for America, the Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program and the National Institutes of Health.

The nursing program at the University of Portland in Oregon has offered scholarships covering approximately 80% of the final 2 years of undergraduate study, if students sign a 3-year employment contract with the local health system, Fabriquer says. “There are similar programs in (high-needs) fields across the country,” he adds.

8. Choose a school that pays you
Last on our list of ways on how to get free tuition, and probably the riskiest. There are, indeed, schools that will pay you to focus your studies in a single subject (which they dictate). Schools such as the Webb Institute and the Curtis Institute of Music offer a select range of academic programs and pick up the tuition cost for every student. Just think long and hard about your decision before you commit to this course.

The exact date of construction of Dule Temple is unknown, although the celebrated architect Liang Sicheng (1901-1972) dated it back to the early Tang Dynasty at the latest. No Tang relics, however, have been handed down to posterity. The Guanyin Pavil- ion and the main gate were rebuilt in A.D. 984, in the second year of the Tonghe period of the Liao Dynasty, while the monks' quarters and temporary residence for the emperor were constructed in the Ming and Qing dynasties. The last rebuilding of the temple took place in the twenty-sixth year of the Qing Emperor Guangxu's reign (1901), when the emperor and his retinue planned to stop over in the temple en route to the East Imperial Mausoleum at Zunhua County in Hebei Province to pay respects to the royal ancestors. Interesting relics of the temple include the handwriting of the emperor in the Guanyin Pavilion and a horizontal board on the main gate which bears three gilt Chinese characters for Dule Temple, believed to be in the calligraphy of the notorious prime minister Yan Song of the Ming Dynasty ( 1368-1644).

According to Records of Dule Temple, three massa- cres took place in Jixian in the Ming and Qing periods. At each massacre, thousands of Buddhist converts gathered in the temple area to protect the sacred centre of the Jixian people, so that the temple remained intact, although the city was destroyed.

In the Qing period, Dule Temple was out of bounds to the common people and all the ceremon- ies during the annual fair could be held only in front of the temple. In the last years of the Qing Dynasty, a thief made a cozy home of the ceiling of the Guanyin Pavilion for a whole year. He went up and down the pavilion through the pillars on the east side of the building.

In 1928, when a warlord unit was stationed in Dule Temple, the main hall became its barracks. The commander of the unit, Sun Dianying, was also the culprit responsible for robbing the Empress Dowa- ger Ci Xi's tomb in the East Imperial Mausoleum. While the mausoleum had been reduced to a mess, the temple had remained intact because it contained no gold, silver or other treasures.

In the eleventh lunar month of the fourteenth year of the Tianbao period in the Tang Dynasty (A.D. 755), when the An Lushan-Shi Siming Rebel- lion broke out in Yuyang, the rebel chief, An Lu- shah, held an oath-taking rally in Dule Temple. It is said that Dule Temple had previouly been called Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva Temple, before An Lu- shan, obsessed with the desire to become an emper- or and have all the worldly pleasures to himself, renamed it as Dule (meaning solitary happiness) on the eve of his rebellion.