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Though cost is probably on your mind as you think about college, don’t forget about the importance of value. In other words, where will your education lead you? What skills and experience will it provide? What connections will it create? What doors will it open?

Learn more about all that Berry has to offer. But for a quick assurance that an investment in Berry will be worth every penny: 97 percent of our graduating students say their Berry education led to a job or acceptance to graduate or professional school.

Know this: the vast majority of Berry students receive financial assistance—from a variety of sources—whether Berry scholarships, need-based financial aid from Berry or government grants.

Which is to say, when considering college costs, be sure to look past the published sticker price. Colleges and universities offer various forms of financial assistance to lower costs for families who need additional support. Berry is especially generous in this regard.

Berry invests heavily in making sure that students from a wide variety of financial backgrounds have access to this education, awarding more than $36 million each year in scholarships and aid.

It’s a priority that goes back to our founding and remains an essential core of our mission.

To get a sense of what your family might pay for a Berry Education, here are actual financial aid packages* of Berry students from families at several different income levels:

Berry Family A

This metro Atlanta area valedictorian is the oldest of 3. She has straight As and a 1200 SAT. Her parents made $60,000 last year. This student works in a job and earned $4,000. Over the years, she has been able to save $5,000, which matches what her parents have in savings.

Her financial aid award is:

Scholarships, Grants & Loans  Financial Aid Package
Berry Academic Scholarship $18,000
Berry Scholarship from Alumni and Friends $6,727
Georgia Hope Scholarship $4,178
Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant $950
Federal Pell Grant $2,545
Loans $5,500
Total aid: $37,900
Direct cost after aid: $12,416

Berry Family B

This Rome, Georgia student lives with his parents and his younger sister. He will be the only student in his family in college next year. The family earns an income of $208,000 and has $35,000 in savings for college. This young man has mostly B's with a few A's and a couple of C's. He scores a 22 on his ACT.  

His financial aid award is:

Scholarships, Grants & Loans  Financial Aid Package
Berry Academic Scholarship $8,000
Georgia Hope Scholarship $4,178
Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant $950
Loans $5,500
Total aid: $13,128
Direct cost after aid: $37,188

Berry Family C

This Dallas, Texas student lives with her dad. They’re a team in everything they do. Her dad’s income is $23,000. There has been no room in their budget to allow for savings. In addition to making A's and B's and scoring a 25 on the ACT, she works as much as she can and earns $6,000 per year. Somehow, she also finds time to improve her community. She spends countless hours tutoring kids at a local shelter. Through her community engagement work, she learned of the Bonner Scholars program, which led her to Berry.  

His financial aid award is:

Scholarships, Grants & Loans  Financial Aid Package
Berry Bonner Scholarship $39,775
Federal Pell Grant $6,195
Bonner Work Grant $2,500
Loans $1,000
Total aid: $49,470
Direct cost after aid: $846

Berry Family D

This Nashville, Tennessee student lives with her parents. She loves school and is proud of her nearly perfect transcript. She took on a couple of challenging AP courses where she earned a pair of B’s. She took advantage of free test prep resources online and scored a 1450 on her SAT. Her older sister is in college right now, so their parents are anxious about paying for two in college. Her family’s earned income is $101,500. They have $40,000 remaining in savings.

Her financial aid award is:

Scholarships, Grants & Loans  Financial Aid Package
Berry Deans Scholarship $20,000
Berry Scholarship from Alumni and Friends $8,700
Loans $5,500
Total aid: $34,200
Direct cost after aid: $16,116

Berry Family E

This Vidalia, Georgia student lives with his mom and his older brother. Their family income is $120,000. His mom has $15,000 in savings. An avid thespian, he is committed to the stage. So he doesn’t work much (though he has tucked away gift money over the years resulting in $2,000 in savings). He’s a fine student at his school, happy with his B+’s. In subjects that really excite him, he’ll push for the A. He’s proud of himself for working hard so that he doesn’t have any C’s.  He scored an 1120 on the SAT. He will be the first person in his family to head to college.

His financial aid award is:

Scholarships, Grants & Loans  Financial Aid Package
Berry Academic Scholarship $15,000
Georgia Hope Scholarship $4,178
Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant $950
Loans $5,500
Total aid: $25,628
Direct cost after aid: $24,688

As you begin to compare these packages with information provided by other schools, you may notice they are missing Work Study. This absence is on purpose because Berry’s LifeWorks program is so much more than Work Study. Every student is guaranteed personal and professional development opportunities each and every semester. Which could result in earnings up to $4,000 per year. Which is money you could use to pay for Berry! Or to put in your pocket! Or both!  Learn more about Berry’s LifeWorks program.

*Every family’s situation is unique. The examples above are meant to provide a general sense of the different types of aid available to you. To get a clearer sense of how much (and what kinds of) scholarships and aid support you might receive from Berry, use our Net Price Calculator.

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