The design community is welcoming and full of free resources, you just have to know about them!
Sidebar is an mail subscription that sends 5 design articles every morning
InVision Inside Design Weekly Digest sends curated design content
Many design agencies create newsletters that you can sign up for on their website.
Designation Conference (all expenses paid)
IDEO CoLab (Check their website regularly as they post information shortly before program enrollment opens)
ThinkChicago (more tech focused, sessions in the summer and fall)