Seventy students a day are sent to the Waco Alternative School Campus, after being "ticketed" for bad behavior in municipal court. Marisa Peñaloza /NPR hide caption

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Sophomore Emily Nugent is among Berea College's 1,600 students who receive free tuition. On average, Berea's students come from families with household incomes of about $25,000. Noah Adams/NPR hide caption

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John Burnett is an NPR correspondent based in Austin, Texas. Steve Barrett/for NPR hide caption

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