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Berea College secures top spot on USA Today's annual college rankings. This is particularly relevant when the hottest topics in higher education are access and affordability. Berea College, like other Work Colleges, helps students dramatically reduce education debt through its innovative Work-Learning-Service model. All seven WCC Member Colleges require 100%... more

Berea College: A Best Value, according to Kiplinger's

Berea College has been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance’s list of 100 best values in private colleges for 2015. The rankings reflect Kiplinger’s definition of value: a combination of academic quality and affordability.Berea College has appeared on Kiplinger’s list multiple times, a testament to the consistent value it provides.Lyle Roelofs, Berea’s president commented on the, "amazing value of a Berea College education for the equally amazing students who attend... more

Two Members in Top 5 Private Colleges for Low Student Debt.

Personal finance website, NerdWallet, ranks Berea College and College of the Ozarks in the Nation's Top Five Private Colleges graduating students with the Lowest Debt. The story goes on to highlight both Colleges as 'smart investments' for would-be college students to affordably graduate, and avoid the higher education 'excessive debt trap' that's been the focus of recent public and government scrutiny.  Financial aid experts from several of the most student-debt-free schools shared their best... more

Two WCC Members top U.S. News rankings

Alice Lloyd College and College of the Ozarks both took top honors as the #1 Best Value Regional College in their respective regions. According to the publication, the ranking takes into account a school's academic quality, as indicated by its 2015 U.S. News Best Colleges ranking, and the 2013-... more

Sterling College commits to fossil fuel free future

As of June 2013, the Sterling endowment, managed by Trillium Asset Management of Boston, becoming the first college in Vermont and only the third college in the nation to meet the fossil fuel free challenge put forward by the climate crisis organization, 350.org... more

Washington Post lauds WCC approach to paying down debt

The Washington Post recently highlighted the advantage of Work-Learning-Service beyond Federal Work Study programs. According to the WCC's Executive Director Robin Taffler “It does not differentiate between those that can afford to pay for their education, from those that must work to cover their educational costs. And that’s a big deal. No student can buy their way out of this work program. So this essentially levels the playing field because everybody is doing a job.” Back to News Summaries

Forbes highlights three Work Colleges for trimming tuition debt

 In a recent Forbes article, three Work Colleges--Alice Lloyd College, Berea College and College of the Ozarks--were among the handful of higher education institutions featured for giving students the opportunity to minimize college debt even before graduation. The article, on the heels of Cooper Union's (New York City) decision to end a 150-year tradition of guaranteed free tuition, puts a spotlight on alternative strategies to help students afford college.Although only... more

Save Money by Attending These Tuition-Free Colleges

The recent rankings form U.S. News and World Report again feature Work Colleges as an effective way to pay down debt while attending college.  A handful of colleges and universities don't add tuition to students' bills, which can add up to major cost savings for those who qualify or who are willing to work in return for their education. Some of the schools that don't charge tuition are quite small, many require some form of service, and a few have strict eligibility guidelines. Most still charge room, board, and other fees, so they're not completely free, notes Pamela Rambo, founder of the... more

Warren Wilson gives service learning program a makeover.

Seeking to emphasize the second word in “service learning,” Warren Wilson College updated its longstanding requirement that students spend 100 hours helping in the region.Before, Dean of Service Cathy Kramer said, students could spend every second of that pulling the invasive kudzu plant off trails near Warren Wilson’s rural North Carolina campus. A worthy cause, for sure, but one sometimes done with tunnel vision.“You could go out, and they say, ‘Pull out the kudzu,’ and you would never know why kudzu is bad,” Kramer said. “And that’s a problem."Kudzu-pulling enthusiasts can still attack the... more