Nerdwallet Spotlights Berea’s Student Work Program


Student carrying a plant at the Ecovillage

Nerdwallet, a personal financial services blogsite that provides information on banking, credit cards, college loans, mortgage loans, insurance, and stock trading, highlighted Berea College in a recent article. The feature focused on Berea’s Student Labor Program and two other schools that are members of the Work Colleges Consortium that also require students to work.

Anna Helhoski, a personal finance writer for NerdWallet, interviewed Sylvia Asante, Berea’s dean of labor, and Collis Robinson ’13, director of student labor, about Berea’s distinctive model of hiring every student to work for the College in addition for ensuring that their tuition costs are completely covered.

Read the full Nerdwallet article here.

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Tags: Collis Robinson, Labor Program, Nerdwallet, Sylvia Asante, tuition, Tuition-free, Work Colleges Consortium

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.