National Report Shows Berea College Has Lowest Tuition and Fees in the Nation


According to the U.S. Department of Education (DOE), Berea College is the nation’s least expensive private college when calculating the costs of tuition and fees, and continues to be a model institution for making college accessible and affordable for students with great promise but limited financial resources.

The College Affordability and Transparency Center, a DOE website that helps parents and prospective students learn about and compare college costs, reports that Berea College’s tuition and fees amount to $910 per academic year. The national average for the cost of tuition and fees is $21,949, but the most expensive schools charge twice that amount.

“I am deeply appreciative to all those who for more than a hundred years have generously given to Berea College so that an affordable and high-quality education could be available to those academically talented students whose families cannot provide it,” says Chad Berry, academic vice president and dean of the faculty. “Such generosity in Berea is a big reason that our education is sometimes referred to as the ‘best education money can’t buy.’”

Since its founding by Christian abolitionists in 1855, Berea has been committed to providing a high-quality liberal arts education to people of all colors in the Appalachian region and beyond. At Berea, every student receives a four-year tuition scholarship and works at least 10 hours per week in a campus job that provide opportunities for them to learn work skills and to pay costs of board, room and related educational expenses. Berea College continues to be a model institution for making a college education affordable and accessible.

In its latest college rankings, Washington Monthly named Berea College the nation’s top liberal arts college. Berea was ranked first because of its success in educating and graduating academically talented, low-income students who become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities.

In addition to providing a high-quality liberal arts education, Berea College is also characterized by its commitment to diversity, ecological sustainability and service to the community.

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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.