Berea named one of “Best 10 Colleges for the Money”

BEREA, Ky. (WTVQ) – Berea College was named by USA Today as one of the “Best 10 colleges for the money.” The article, which focuses on the rising cost of higher education and cites a select number of schools that counter that trend, states that Berea “offers all admitted students a scholarship completely covering their tuition” and many students “receive additional aid” to cover other educational costs beyond tuition.

Berea College charges no tuition; instead it provides every admitted student with the equivalent of a four-year, tuition promise scholarship valued at nearly $100,000. Berea’s liberal arts academic program is enhanced with a full-participation work-study program.

As part of their educational experience, all 1,600 students are required to work 10 or more hours per week in campus and service jobs that cover more than 130 departments. Berea’s Labor Program creates an atmosphere of democratic living that emphasizes the dignity of all work and provides opportunities for students to earn money for their room, board and books, as well as develop a work ethic documented in a labor transcript.

The school says equal opportunity and diversity have been at the heart of Berea’s mission for more than 160 years. The College has an inclusive Christian character, expressed in its scriptural motto “God has made of one blood all peoples of the Earth.”

Berea’s primary service area is the Southern Appalachian region, but students come from all states in the U.S. and in a typical year, from more than 60 other countries representing a rich diversity of colors, cultures and faiths. About one in three students represents an ethnic minority.

For more information, access the full article at: http://college.usatoday.com/2015/12/10/best-10-colleges-for-the-money/ or visit the Berea College web site at: www.berea.edu.

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