You can get cpanel for free if you will use it for educational purposes, etc I have many free licenses for educational customers. for personal use they never give it free.
See their TOS:
Licenses for educational institutions are provided at a reduced cost. cPanel, Inc. reserves the right to deny or rescind licenses to institutions that it does not see as legitimate; generally all domains with an .edu extension can apply for this license. For more information, please contact us Note: Please note that students do not qualify for this type of license.
Licensing is available for organizations registered with the United States Internal Revenue Service as a non-profit organization. This licensing is at a reduced cost of normal licensing. You must be able to prove non-profit status. For more information, please contact us.
A License for Personal Use
We do not currently provide personal use licenses. Our software is designed to be used in a commercial web hosting capacity and is not suited for home use.