Free tuition is a conversation worth having. Berea College has been paying for students’ tuition for more than 130 years, but this isn’t about us. This is about what a tuition-free education could mean for society as a whole. Those best equipped to tell that story are our alumni. And the best way for us to contribute to the national conversation is to amplify their voices.

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Berea College isn’t like most other colleges. It was founded in 1855 by a Presbyterian minister who was an abolitionist. It was the first integrated, co-educational college in the South. And it has not charged students tuition since 1892. Every student on campus works, and its labor program is like work-study on steroids."

—Adam Harris, The Atlantic