U.S. News & World Report Puts Berea at Top of List for Colleges with Least Student Debt


Students and families across America searching for an affordable college where they won’t end up with a mountain debt upon graduation can take a tip from U.S. News & World Report. In an article published on January 26, U.S. News cited 10 schools that help students keep college debt low, with Berea at the top of the list.

An excerpt from the article’s author, Delece Smith-Barrow, states, “Some schools excel at keeping students’ debt low for their bachelor’s degrees. At Berea College in Kentucky, undergrads from the class of 2014 who borrowed for school had an average debt of $6,186.” U.S. News & World Report reviewed student debt figures at 1,032 colleges and universities to determine the top 10. The article points out that Berea also was among the top 10 schools with the lowest average debt for students in 2013.

To read the full article, visit: http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/the-short-list-college/articles/2016-01-26/10-colleges-where-graduates-have-the-least-debt

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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.