At Berea, which was founded in 1855 as the first integrated college in the South, all 1,530 students work at least 10 hours a week in a campus or service job, earning $3.80 an hour and four years of free tuition. Eighty percent of the school's operating costs are funded by its endowment and the rest comes from donations.
Instead of hiring workers and spending tons of money, students receive free education but they have to work at the school and maintain it. Obviously there are ways they have to spend money (room, board, transportation, etc.) and there is funding that is given because the teachers need to be paid. But I think this is a great opportunity for many low income families.
Their motto is:
“God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth. Since its founding in 1855, Berea College's scriptural foundation, "God has made of one blood all peoples of the earth," has shaped the institution's culture and programs. Founder John G. Fee, an ardent abolitionist, asserted that Berea was founded "in the midst of many privations and persecutions to preach and apply a gospel of impartial love..."