Has your family’s financial situation changed significantly during 2020? While the FAFSA will consider 2019 tax information, we understand many families have encountered loss of income, job change or loss, or unexpected change in family size as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Berea College remains committed to serving students who meet our financial eligibility requirement but will take into consideration individual family situations.
Berea College’s No-Tuition Promise
No student pays for tuition. All admitted students to Berea College receive our No-Tuition Promise, which is valued at $176,000 over four years. This scholarship is combined with financial aid you may receive as well as any other scholarship you may be awarded by outside sources to cover 100% of tuition costs, due to the generous support of alumni, friends, organizations, and others who believe, as we do, that a student’s income should not dictate their outcome. The best way to estimate your likelihood of meeting Berea’s financial qualifications is to take our Quick Estimator.
Parent Frequently Asked Questions
- At Berea College, we take our admissions decisions seriously. When we review an application, we’ll consider more than just numbers on a piece of paper.
- Our Admissions Decision Team carefully considers every application for admission and scholarship to Berea College. You can count on our team of dedicated professionals to consider an applicant based on academic merit, financial need, and ability to contribute to our educational community.
- Berea College operates as rolling admissions; however interested students are strongly encouraged to apply early and meet deadlines. The College maintains an open admissions policy for all applicants and considers students regardless of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, gender, disability, or sexual orientation.
- The admissions process conducts a holistic review of each applicant. Many factors are considered in the selection of an applicant, including a properly completed application, official academic records, test scores (learn about our test-optional policy), and financial eligibility. In addition to these components, we value and assess recommendations and endorsements, Admissions Counselor conversations, extracurricular and co-curricular activities (e.g. music ensembles, athletics, theatre), community service, character and personal qualities, social maturity and demonstrated interest in the College.
- Admissions Application Deadlines
Admission to Berea College is academically competitive. We have a limited number of spaces in each year’s entering class, so we are looking for students who have strong academic potential and financial need.
Most of our students score between 20 and 30 on the ACT (or SAT equivalent) and have a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.25 in a strong college prep curriculum. Students may take either the ACT or SAT or choose to be test-score optional.
We also consider other factors such as community service, leadership qualities, and levels of motivation. We strongly recommend the following high school curriculum:
- Four (4) units of English (including composition, rhetoric, and literature)
- Three (3) units of Mathematics (at least Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry)
- Two (2) units of Laboratory Science
- Two (2) units of Social Science/History (including World History)
- Two (2) units of a foreign language
High school transcripts and official score reports are required for the evaluation of academic qualifications.
Once an application becomes complete it is reviewed and if additional information is needed the Admissions Counselor will reach out to the student to schedule a quick conversation. A decision notification is based upon which deadline the applicants meets. In some cases, decisions are released earlier than the projected notification window.
All admitted students to Berea College receive our No-Tuition Promise. This scholarship is combined with grants you may receive as well as any other scholarship you may be awarded by outside parties or organizations to cover 100% of tuition costs. For most Berea students, the No-Tuition Promise amounts to more than $176,000 over four years.
No student pays for tuition.
We are able to provide this level of financial assistance due to the generous support of alumni, friends, organizations, and others who believe, as we do, that a student’s income should not dictate their outcome.
So when you enroll at Berea, your scholarship will be provided by people you don’t even know who believe in your potential — and who know that Berea is well-positioned to help you realize that potential.
Estimating your financial eligibility to attend Berea College will help you understand if Berea is right for you. We’ve developed this simple online form to help your family estimate your likelihood of meeting Berea College’s financial eligibility requirements. In order to receive the most accurate results, please provide the most precise information possible and be sure to read the help messages in the right column.
Please note that this tool provides only a preliminary estimate of your likelihood to qualify.
Also, if your family has encountered special circumstances (divorce, death of wage earner, etc.) your financial eligibility should be considered on an individual basis. If you have any questions or are experiencing technical difficulties, please contact us at 1-800-326-5948.
All Berea College students work a minimum of 10 hours per week in approved jobs on campus (or occasionally in the community). These work experiences provide tremendous opportunities for students to work in major-related areas and to develop soft skills that future employers are looking for. Students and alumni share an overwhelming positive view of the Labor Program. The work experience, they note, “teaches you how to work”, “provides practical experience” and “genuine job perspective.”
Labor assignments function very much like classes. Beginning at basic levels of work, students are expected to progress to more skilled and responsible levels. Through these experiences, it is expected that student workers will 1) develop good work habits and attitudes, 2) gain an understanding of personal interests, skills and limitations, and 3) exercise creativity, problem-solving and responsibility. Students may also learn the qualities of leadership, standard setting, and effective supervision. The Labor Program makes it possible for students to know each other as co-workers as well as classmates. More importantly, linking the Academic and Labor Programs establishes a pattern of learning through work that continues long after college is completed.
Students are assigned to their labor position for their first year. After the first year, they can explore and apply for any open position on campus.
Berea has an Office of Internships and Career Development that provides many resources and services that students can begin taking advantage of as soon as they get here. The Career Development Program offers career counseling appointments to support students in career decision making, exploring career options in all majors, and proactively planning for internships, gap-year experiences, full-time employment and an/or graduate school. The Career Development staff provide personalized career assistance to maximize action planning and employability for all students and alumni. In additional to individual appointments, weekly workshops are available to help students with career/job search and graduate school preparation. Workshop topics include resume/CV and cover letter writing, tips on job search strategies, professional dress, dining etiquette, interviewing skills, LinkedIn and Social Media in job search, salary negotiations, and application to graduate and professional schools.
Career Development & Internship Programs partner to host a wide range of employers on Berea’s campus to help students connect with potential employers for internships and full-time positions. The office also hosts targeted networking fairs and on-campus interviews for employers to identify potential candidates. The Office of Internships and Career Development attracts employers from business, technology services, education, non-profit organizations, government agencies and more. Students can receive individualized help in targeting employers through 1-1 staff appointments.
Berea students of all majors do summer internships with a broad range of organizations across the country as well as in other countries. Recent internship sites include Google, The White House, Mayo Clinic, Goldman Sachs, and refugee settlement and foster care agencies. The Office of Internship and Career Development covers living and travel expenses for students participating in internships that are not paid by the employer. Workshops and individual appointments are offered to help students identify and apply for internships and to learn about the process for receiving academic credit and funding.
Student Health Services is operated by White House Clinics and is located in St. Joseph Berea Hospital right on the edge of campus. Student Health Services provides acute care (sore throats, urinary tract infections, bronchitis, sexually transmitted infections, etc.); chronic care (diabetes, high blood pressure, etc.); and screenings/health maintenance (pap smears, sports and other physicals, health education, etc.). Various immunizations and allergy injections are also available to students at no cost. Students are entitled to unlimited visits to Student Health Services for no additional charge each term after the required health fee has been paid. Student Health Services of White House Clinics has a strong network for specialty care, and provides referrals for some services such as x-rays, MRI’s, and specialty physicians.
Dental services are also provided to Berea College students through White House Clinics.
We also have Berea College Counseling Services available at no costs to students. Berea College Counseling Services attempts to meet the personal and developmental needs of individual students through individual counseling, group counseling, and crisis intervention. All counseling services are completely confidential.
Berea College’s Disability & Accessibility Services (DAS) works with prospective Berea College students with disabilities to determine what challenges they may face and what accommodations may be available to them if they are admitted to Berea.
DAS works toward making programs, services, and activities accessible for all students. Every student should be able to take part in all facets of the Berea experience. Collaboration with the college’s diverse community is crucial. The office the mission of Berea College to create an environment that “frees persons to be active learners, workers, and servers as members of the academic community as citizens of the world.” DAS recognizes disability as a valued aspect of diversity. It also embraces access as a matter of social justice and supports welcoming and inclusive environments for all.
Services through DAS are voluntary and provided upon student request. Students are invited to meet with the Director of Disability & Accessibility Services to register after they have been admitted.