Kentucky college focuses on low-income students

July 21, 2008
Berea College charges no tuition
Berea College, founded 150 years ago in Berea, Ky., to educate freed slaves and “poor white mountaineers,” accepts only applicants from low-income families, and it charges no tuition. The education costs are covered by Berea’s $1.1 billion endowment, which puts the college among the nation’s wealthiest. But unlike most well-endowed colleges, Berea has no football team, coed housing, hot tubs or climbing walls. Instead, it has a no-frills budget, with food from the college farm, handmade furniture from the college crafts workshops, and 10-hour-a-week campus jobs for every student. To read The New York Times article, click here.

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