[Marxism] How Berea College Makes Tuition Free with its Endowment - The Atlantic

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Dec 4 05:52:16 MST 2018

Berea College isn’t like most other colleges. It was founded in 1855 by 
a Presbyterian minister who was an abolitionist. It was the first 
integrated, co-educational college in the South. And it has not charged 
students tuition since 1892. Every student on campus works, and its 
labor program is like work-study on steroids. The work includes everyday 
tasks such as janitorial services, but older students are often assigned 
jobs aligned to their academic program, and work on things such as web 
production or managing volunteer programs. And 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.


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