Why Give

No Berea student is ever charged tuition.

Unlike other colleges where tuition supplies most of the funding, Berea depends on the endowment return for 74% of its operating costs. Another 17% of our annual budget comes from federal and state funding, while the final 9% comes from loyal alumni and friends who support Tuition Promise Scholarships through the Berea Fund. A gift of $3,000 completes the amount needed to fulfill a Tuition Promise Scholarship for one student.


Endowment: 74%

State & Federal Aid

State & Federal Aid: 17%

The Berea Fund

Berea Fund: 9%

Your gift to the Berea Fund supports our students by providing Tuition Promise Scholarships.

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Why Berea? Berea offers a high-quality liberal arts education to students who have great promise but limited economic resources. Every student admitted to Berea receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship. Learn more about how Berea does what no other college does.

Who your gift supports. Your gift to Berea College is an investment in lives of great promise, helping to fund the education of bright young minds from Appalachia and beyond.

“Donors who give to Berea change lives. It changed mine, and one day I could change the world.” -Bria Williams, ’17

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Meet our students

Yyrys looking sideways

Yryskeldi’s mother says that “success comes through working hard and trusting in others to offer help when necessary.” With your support, you are proving her right by giving opportunities to our international students. 

Yrys, like many international students face the added burden of chasing their dreams far away from their homes. At Berea, he is already a campus leader and is learning the high-level skills to be an international leader around issues of business sustainability.

Sharon Lee '22

Despite the loss of her father and grandfather and the financial challenges of living in a single-parent family, Sharon ’22 never lost hope of her dream of attending college.

Now as a student at Berea, Sharon is fulfilling her plans to go to medical school thanks to the generous gifts from folks like you.

Justin Vankirk in the new M.A.C building

Justin ’21 didn’t have too much room to breathe before Berea. As an Eagle Scout, volunteer math tutor, and eldest son with an autistic brother, Justin spent his time helping others. At Berea, he found his calling and can look forward to graduation day without worrying about choosing financial stability over his family or his professional development.

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For Appalachian student Davallen, ’23, home has not always offered peace and happiness. Davallen’s road to becoming the first person in her family to go to college was far from easy. But fortunately, Berea College not only offers Davallen a tuition scholarship, it provides all the support and opportunities she needs to succeed.

William '22

William’s devotion to serving others has set him on a path to healing those in need. As a Biochemistry and Pre-Medicine student who plans to attend medical school, he hopes to one day treat cancer patients with skilled and tender care, all in the hopes that he can keep families together as long as possible.


Growing up in Kinshasa, the vast capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rodney spent his days bringing his dreams to life through art. From drawing in the sand as a boy to crafting freelance advertisements as a teenager, he has always enjoyed sharing his artistic talents.

Watch Ronnie's Story

When Ronnie was just 11, she was diagnosed with a cancer linked to toxins in the creek where she played. For the next five years, she was forced to watch other family members slowly succumb to cancer. Now she is becoming an urban planner who will implement policies to ensure all children get to safely enjoy playing outdoors.

Student Angelica stands in the Carter G. Woodson Center

“I was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama where I was educated at inner-city public schools. I am the first of my family to attend college. Without people like you investing in my future, I would not have gotten this far. One day, I hope to give back to Berea College and the other communities that supported me throughout my journey.”