Alice Lloyd College

Since its inception, Alice Lloyd College has provided education of the highest quality to deserving mountain students. ALC charges no out-of-pocket tuition for students from its defined geographic region. For this reason, U.S. News & World Report continually ranks ALC as one of the Top Colleges in America for graduating students with the least amount of debt. This investment in the future yields a high return—87% of ALC graduates are accepted to professional or graduate school or working six months after graduation, and more than 83% of graduates return to Appalachia to serve as leaders in their communities.


Fast Facts

  • Founded in 1923 by Alice Spencer Geddes Lloyd, who came to Kentucky from her native home in Boston.
  • The College’s Motto is “Providing Leadership for Appalachia.”
  • Students from the 108-county service area, including parts of Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia, pay absolutely no out-of-pocket cost for tuition.
  • Alice Lloyd College is one of 9 federally recognized work colleges. All full-time students are required to work a minimum of 10 hours a week to help earn their way.
  • The College accepts no direct federal, state, or local government funds.
  • Students receive a character-based, leadership education, emphasizing service to others.
  • The College has no long-term debt. We pay as we go, and we only build after the money is raised.
  • 76% of those enrolled since 2008 were need-based students (Pell-eligible), and 30% had a household income of $3,000 or less.
  • The Caney Scholars Program, a one-of-a-kind program in America, provides graduates financial assistance with advanced degress.
  • 70% are first-generation, 4-year college graduates.
  • The student-faculty ratio is 17:1.
  • 83% of graduates serve as Appalachian leaders in their home communities.

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