Berea Named a “Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck” College by the Princeton Review

We Made the List! - Colleges that Pay You Back 2018Berea 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


Berea College, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor and service. The College admits only academically promising students with limited financial resources, primarily from Kentucky and Appalachia, although students come 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, earning 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.