Administrators at Alice Lloyd College, one of seven work-study colleges in the United States, believe it’s important for students to get a higher education without all the debt that comes along with it. Although Alice Lloyd accepts students from across the country and internationally, Alice Lloyd is a school dedicated to helping local members of the mountain community get the education they deserve. Seventy-five percent of students are the first in their families to receive a college education.
Upon graduation, Alice Lloyd hopes their students possess not only academic strengths but have a positive self-concept, can adapt easily to different situations, and are open-minded and tolerant of others ideas. Administrators hope their students will take the knowledge they’ve learned at school and use it to serve not only their local communities, but also the world as well.
Founded by journalist Alice Spencer Geddes Lloyd and June Buchanan in 1923, Alice Lloyd College was originally called Caney Junior College. Both women felt it was important to educate the local mountain communities of Kentucky, so they could have a brighter future and a chance at higher education. The school did not become a four-year college until the 1980s.
Located in the rural area of Pippa Passes, Kentucky, the school’s 175-acre campus serves as home for over 600 students. Students are required to live on campus through their senior year. Administrators feel that residential living is an important part of a college experience.
While on campus students can participate in many events, activities, and clubs. They can volunteer with the Circle K Club or sing with the Voices of Appalachia. Or students can take part in numerous sports that the college has to offer. Cheerleading, cross-country running and basketball are popular sports at Alice Lloyd College.
Alice Lloyd did not want any potential student turned away simply because they could not afford college; therefore she implemented a work-study program, so students could go regardless of their financial situation. In fact, students from the mountains of Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia receive free tuition.
The total cost of Alice Lloyd College is just under $20,000 a year. Students can pay by check, credit card or installment plan. Out of the 82% of students who were found to have financial need, 100% of them got it in some form whether it was grants, loans, scholarships, or a work-study program. Out of those students, 17% of those students saw their needs fully met. Alice Lloyd College gives out an average package of $10,000 a year. Upon graduation, students can expect to be $9,000 in debt.