Berea College Featured on “CBS This Morning: Saturday”


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“CBS This Morning: Saturday” featured Berea College in a broadcast about the rising cost of attending college on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. The show highlighted Berea’s unique no-tuition policy as a model to curb that national trend.

The CBS segment focused on Dave Bell ‘19, a senior computer science major from Morgantown, West Virginia. Co-host Michelle Miller and producer Vidya Singh visited campus to learn about the College’s no-tuition policy and see how Berea makes a high-quality education accessible to students who can least afford it. Miller interviewed Dave and followed him to his classes, work assignment and athletic practice to capture a typical “day in the life” for a Berea College student. Like most of Berea’s students, Dave is a first-generation, full-need student who excels academically and in the Labor Program.

The segment included interviews with other students, President Lyle Roelofs and Admissions Director Luke Hodson ‘02.

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Tags: athletics, CBS, CBS This Morning, Computer Science Department, Dave Bell, Track and Field, Tuition-free

Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College only admits academically promising students with limited financial resources—primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia—but welcomes students from 40 states and 70 countries. Every Berea student receives a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no Berea student pays for tuition. Berea is one of nine federally recognized Work Colleges, so students work 10 hours or more weekly to earn money for books, housing and meals. The College’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” speaks to its inclusive Christian character.