Berea College, widely known for its no-tuition policy, is named in the newly released edition of The Princeton Review’s book, Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck. Only 7 percent of the nation’s four-year colleges earn inclusion in this publication.
In addition to being named as a College That Pay You Back—based on academic rigor, affordability and career outcomes for graduates—the book also cites Berea College in the following categories:
- Tuition-Free Schools (One of just nine)
- Green Colleges
- Best Southeastern (Schools considered academically outstanding)
The book recommends colleges considered the nation’s best for academics, affordability and career prospects. The distinction is based on a ROI (return on investment) rating score developed by The Princeton Review that weighted more than 40 data points, including data from previous years’ surveys of students and administrators at 658 U.S. colleges. Other factors include starting and mid-career salaries and career social impact.
As the cost of higher education continues to rise at most schools, Berea College’s no-tuition model continues to attract national attention. Every student at Berea is provided with a Tuition Promise Scholarship, which means no student’s family has to pay for tuition. That cost is covered by endowment earnings, grants and contributions from generous donors.
Princeton Review’s annual guidebook, now in its fourth year, is the education services company’s resource for college-bound students and their parents shopping for affordable, academically outstanding colleges that graduate their students to successful, rewarding careers. Information on the book, its school profiles, and its seven categories of ranking lists are accessible for free on The Princeton Review’s website at: https://www.princetonreview.com/colleges-pay-you-back