Question: What do Harvard, Duke, Stanford, Princeton and Berea have in common?
Answer: They were all named as the top five elite universities that also are the most affordable for low-income families.
Skyler Lucci, CEO of HeyTutor, says that with need-blind admissions and generous financial aid programs, “America’s most elite universities are also the most affordable for low-income families while also providing an excellent education.” Berea College is among the top 5.
Using data from research conducted by The Hamilton Project, an economic policy initiative at the Brookings Institution, Lucci’s article, published by T74 (the74million.org) states that sometimes students and parents don’t fully understand the financial aid process or the difference between the published and net prices. As a result, low-income students may (wrongly) assume elite schools will be too expensive for them, when in fact, substantial financial resources are available to them. For example, Lucci points out that “Unlike most colleges in the U.S., Berea does not charge tuition in the traditional sense. Instead, it covers costs through endowment income, funds from donations and other sources of financial aid.” The article also states that Berea is an “. . . excellent institution of higher education for students with limited economic means.”
Berea College, widely known for its no-tuition policy, is one of the nation’s best colleges for students seeking a superb education with great career preparation at an affordable price, according to The Princeton Review®.
The newly-published 2019 edition of The Princeton Review’s annual guide, The Best Value Colleges: 200 Schools with Exceptional ROI for Your Tuition Investment, 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 weights more than 40 data points, including data from previous years’ surveys of students and administrators at more than 650 U.S. colleges. Other factors include starting and mid-career salaries and career social impact. Continue reading Berea Named a “Best Value” College by the Princeton Review →
Once again Berea College’s distinctive model of not charging students for tuition has gained national attention. Americans have more student debt than ever before, but CNBC, a national media network for consumer news and business, recently published two articles by Abigail Hess citing Berea for its affordability and its top spot for students with the lowest average amount of debt. Continue reading CNBC Applauds Berea College for No Tuition and Least Debt for Students →
Affordability continues to be a major factor students and families consider when selecting a college to attend as the cost of higher education climbs higher each year. Continue reading Berea Attracts National Attention for Affordability →
Once again Berea College is one of the nation’s best colleges for students seeking a superb education with great career preparation and at an affordable price according to The Princeton Review (www.princetonreview.com).
Berea is featured in the 2017 edition of, Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck,” a new book just published by the education services company. Continue reading Berea Featured in Princeton Review Book, “Colleges That Pay You Back: 2017 Edition” →
-Recognized for Embodying Exceptional Academic Quality and Affordability-
Long known for providing access to high-quality, low-cost education, Berea College has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s
list of the Top 300 Best College Values of 2017. Continue reading Berea Named a 2017 “Best College Value” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance →
Lyle Roelofs, President of Berea College
Roelofs is the featured author of an article published by Inside Higher Ed today. He describes Berea College’s distinctive Labor Program and cites how other colleges and universities might want to consider establishing a work program to increase student access and affordability.
Read the entire article online at Inside Higher Education.
On September 13th, 2016, a U.S. House Ways and Means subcommittee held a hearing to look at how colleges use their tax-exempt endowments and control the rising cost of tuition. Of course, in Berea College’s case, students do not pay any tuition. Berea’s Vice President for Finance, Jeff Amburgey, was among a select panel of higher-ed leaders invited to provide testimony. Amburgey discussed how Berea makes college affordable to those who can least-afford it, the very population of students Berea serves in Appalachia and beyond. Continue reading U.S. Congress Hears About How Berea Makes College Accessible and Affordable →
Washington Monthly ranked Berea College as the nation’s top liberal arts college and also ranked Berea College as number 1 in the Best Bang for the Buck Colleges in the South category again this year. Berea’s top rank in the 2016 Washington Monthly College Rankings Guide comes from its success in educating and graduating academically talented, low-income students who become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities. Continue reading Washington Monthly Ranks Berea No. 1 Twice: As Best National Liberal Arts College and Best Bang for the Buck →
Berea College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program has been ranked #5 on the list of the Top 50 Best Residential BSN Programs by TopRNtoBSN.com. Competing with prestigious programs such as the Ohio State University, UCLA, Rutgers, and Purdue, Berea’s nursing program was ranked fifth with an average score of 96.5%. Continue reading Berea College’s Nursing Program Ranked #5 by Top 50 Best Residential BSN Programs by TopRNtoBSN.com →
Berea College Campus in the Fall
Once again Berea College is in the national spotlight for making college affordable. In a new article titled 11 Ways to Cut the Cost of College Tuition published by Kiplinger.com, readers are offered nearly a dozen money-saving tips to trim your annual … costs by as little as $500 (by winning a small scholarship) or in full (by attending a tuition-free school). Berea is mentioned as the first cost-saving option: going to a school that doesn’t charge tuition. Continue reading Kiplinger Cites Berea College as Cost-Saving Option →
MONEY Magazine published a list today of the Best College in Every State, naming Berea as Kentucky’s best college.
In a separate ranking, MONEY put Berea College #1 in the 50 Most Affordable Private Colleges. Continue reading MONEY Names Berea College Best in Kentucky →
It isn’t every day that a U. S. President gives a shout-out to a private college, but that is just what former President Bill Clinton did for Berea College this past weekend. During his remarks at a campaign rally broadcast on C-SPAN*, he said, “One of the highest-impact, lowest-cost private schools in America is Berea College in Kentucky.” President Clinton went on to laud Berea’s educational model of serving low income students, providing their full tuition as well as our labor program so students can earn money for other costs. He emphasized that “We need to have a plan that would do that for everybody.” Watch his remarks, below: Continue reading President Bill Clinton Highlights Berea College →
Berea College President Lyle Roelofs
On March 24, 2016, Berea College President Lyle Roelofs attended a meeting hosted by the U.S. Department of Education focused on highlighting institutions across the country that are making significant strides in increasing graduation rates among students eligible for Pell Grants. Continue reading Berea College Participates in Meeting with U.S. Department of Education Officials on Increasing Access and Supporting Strong Outcomes for Low-Income Students →
Berea College is one of six schools featured in an article about tuition-free colleges published by Mental Floss. The article calls Berea’s motto, “God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth,” (Acts 17:26) “notable” and describes Berea’s educational model, which combines academics with labor. The article also features one of Berea’s prominent alumni, Carter G. Woodson, who is nationally recognized as the “Father of Black History.” Continue reading Mental Floss Features Berea’s No-Tuition Model →
Media outlets continue to recognize Berea College’s uncommon mission of keeping higher education affordable. An article entitled College: Admission Possible, by Russell Schaffer for a higher-ed blog produced by Kaplan Test Prep, highlights families’ concerns about rising college costs and increasing debt. The article cites a recent U.S. News & World Report article in which Berea College was named as the college whose 2014 graduates had the least debt. Berea was also ranked number one in U.S. News & World Report’s list of the top 10 most affordable schools. Continue reading Kaplan Recognizes Berea for Affordability →
The Pittsburgh CBS-TV affiliate went looking for tuition-free colleges and found Berea!
Adam Bailey, a 2012 Berea alumnus who teaches elementary students in the Pittsburgh area, is featured in the story that focuses on rising tuition costs at other schools and features Berea College and the handful of others that do not charge students tuition. View the full news story at: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2016/02/08/tuition-free-schools-still-an-option-in-usa/
Once again Berea College is one of the nation’s best colleges for students seeking a superb education with great career preparation and at an affordable price according to The Princeton Review.
Berea is featured in the 2016 edition of, Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck, a new book just published by the education services company. Continue reading Berea Featured in Princeton Review Book, “Colleges That Pay You Back: 2016 Edition” →
A published article by Daily Finance that focused on lower costs for higher education included Berea College. The article highlighted the handful of schools and military academies in the United States that do not charge tuition. Many students’ families, unable to keep pace with rising tuition costs, are seeking affordable options. Berea was noted in the article as a liberal arts college that also includes a required labor component for all students, who also must demonstrate financial need.
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. Continue reading U.S. News & World Report Puts Berea at Top of List for Colleges with Least Student Debt →
Berea, KY (January 20, 2016) – During 2015, several national publications and websites recognized Berea College for its excellence in academics and as a significant value for students and their families.
Commenting of the rankings, Berea College President Lyle Roelofs stated, “We are gratified that Berea was recognized with strong rankings such as these. Our current students, alumni and donors also can take pride in knowing the school they attend and support continues to serve the public good by providing a high-quality education for talented, low-income students from Appalachia and beyond.” Continue reading Berea College Recognized for Exceptional Financial & Academic Value →
Acknowledged for Embodying Exceptional Economic and Academic Value
Berea, KY (December 17, 2015)— Berea College has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of the Top 300 Best College Values of 2016. The rankings highlight public schools, private universities and private liberal arts colleges that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost. In addition, Kiplinger has ranked the top 100 best values in each category. Berea College is ranked in the top 50 liberal arts colleges and in the top 100 in Kiplinger’s combined list of top schools nationally. Continue reading Berea College Named a 2016 “Best College Value” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance →
Berea College was named by USA Today as one of the “Best 10 colleges for the money.” The article, which focuses on the rising cost of higher education, cites a select number of schools that counter that trend and states that Berea “offers all admitted students a scholarship completely covering their tuition.” It also notes that many students “receive additional aid” to cover other educational costs beyond tuition. Continue reading USA Today Names Berea as One of “Best 10 Colleges for the Money” →
Berea College continues to draw national attention for helping students have little or no debt upon graduation. In an article by Nerdwallet Berea ranked #4 on the list of affordable schools and Berea’s Labor Program was featured as a major factor in making education affordable for students. Theresa Lowder, Berea’s director of financial aid services, and a Berea alumna herself, was quoted in the article.
Washington Monthly ranked Berea College as the nation’s third top liberal arts college again this year and also ranked Berea College as number 1 in the Best Bang for the Buck Colleges in the South category in the 2015Washington Monthly College Rankings Guide. Berea was so highly ranked because of its success in educating and graduating academically talented, low-income students who become service-oriented leaders in their professions and communities. Continue reading Berea College at No. 1 and 3 in Washington Monthly’s Latest College Rankings →