The Little College Where Tuition Is Free and Every Student Is Given a Job
Adam Harris, The Atlantic
Berea College in Kentucky isn't like most other colleges. It has not charged students tuition since 1892. Every student on campus works. The work includes everyday tasks such as janitorial services, but older students are often assigned jobs aligned to their academic program.
Students receive a physical check for their labor that can go toward housing and living expenses. Forty-five percent of graduates have no debt, and the ones who do have an average of less than $7,000 in debt, according to Luke Hodson, the college’s director of admissions.
On top of that, more than 90 percent of Berea College students are eligible to receive the Pell Grant.