Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.78
Liaison Rose Armour
Submission Date May 6, 2021
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STARS v2.1

American University of Sharjah
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
1.00 / 4.00 Julia Carlow
Sustainability Project Coordinator
Sustainability
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Does the institution have policies and programs to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:
Yes

A brief description of any policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students:

AUS offers a number of grants and scholarships to support Achievement Academy Bridge Program students and undergraduate degree-seeking students. Decisions related to the award of grants and scholarships are made irrespective of race, color, gender, religion, disabilities, age or national origin.

Need-based Grants at AUS:

1, Financial Grant
AUS provides need-based financial grants for full-time students who demonstrate financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Grants and Scholarships.
A financial grant normally applies toward tuition for a maximum of 16 credit hours. Students on financial grant who live on campus in single, double or sharing rooms are granted partial assistance toward their residential hall fees.

2, Family Tuition Grant
Families with more than one child simultaneously enrolled at AUS are eligible for a family tuition grant whereby a tuition discount of 25 percent is accorded to each sibling after the first. The 25 percent discount is granted for both tuition (for a maximum of 16 credit hours) and lab/ technology fees.

3, Study Tour Grant
Students receiving a minimum of 25 percent financial grant from AUS and enrolled in a credit- bearing study tour are eligible to apply for funding that can be used to supplement tour costs.


A brief description of any programs to equip the institution’s faculty and staff to better serve students from low-income backgrounds:
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A brief description of the institution’s programs to guide and prepare students and families from low-income backgrounds for higher education:
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A brief description of the institution's scholarships for low-income students:

Need-based Scholarships for First-Time Students at AUS:

1, AUS offers the Chancellor's Scholars Award for highly qualified first-time students who demonstrate financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Grants and Scholarships. The Chancellor's Scholars Award cannot be combined with a financial grant, a Merit-Based Scholarship or a Family Tuition Grant, but can be combined with all other scholarships offered by AUS.

2, Partner Sharakah program schools can nominate exceptional first-time students from their school for a Sharakah School Scholarship. Applicants who demonstrate financial need as determined by the Office of Financial Grants and Scholarships will be given priority. The Sharakah School Scholarship cannot be combined with a financial grant, a Merit- Based Scholarship or a Family Tuition Grant, but can be combined with all other scholarships offered by AUS.

Need-based Scholarships for Continuing Students at AUS:
AUS offers the following scholar ships to continuing degree-seeking students who excel in extracurricular activities and athletics:
• Active Student Scholarship
• Most Outstanding Active Student Award
• Most Outstanding Athlete Award
• Most Outstanding Community Services Volunteer Award
• Most Outstanding Student Leader Award
• Partial Athletic Scholarship

Endowed need-based Scholarships:

AUS offers a number of need-based endowed scholarships, which have been made possible through generous contributions from individuals and
organizations. Students who receive a financial grant from AUS and fulfill the criteria for a particular need-based endowed scholarship will be considered. Students selected for an endowed scholarship will be notified by the Office of Financial Grants and Scholarships.
1, Petrofac Scholarship
For junior and senior students in the College of Engineering who have limited financial resources and who demonstrate academic excellence and exemplify the hallmark traits that characterize American University of Sharjah: honor, integrity, leadership and service to others.

2, Sheikh Khalifa Scholarship
Awarded to juniors and seniors, recognizes academic excellence, leadership potential, service to community, demonstrated talent in the field of study, and participation in extracurricular and university activities


A brief description of the institution’s targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:
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A brief description of the institution’s other policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:
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Does the institution have policies and programs to support non-traditional students?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:
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A brief description of the institution’s on-site child care facility, partnership with a local facility, and/or subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of students:

AUS runs an EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNING CENTER on its campus premises, supporting child care needs for students, faculty and staff providing care and education for children ranging from two months up to four years of age.

For more information please visit
https://www.aus.edu/life-at-aus/on-campus-services/early-childhood-learning-center


A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:

Sponsorship Liaison Services is the main link between external organizations and their sponsored AUS students. Sponsorship Liaison Services provides various support services to both the sponsoring organizations and sponsored students, including coordinating admission and orientation, communicating progress reports, offering guidance, coordinating financial-related matters with the AUS Finance Department, and arranging for meetings between sponsors and students.


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (tracking accessibility and affordability)? (If data is not available, select 'No'):
No

The percentage of entering students that are low-income (0-100):
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The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):
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On average, the percentage of need that was met for students who were awarded any need-based aid (e.g. as reported to the U.S. Common Data Set initiative, item H2) (0-100):
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The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt or for whom no out-of-pocket tuition is required (i.e. the percentage of graduates who have not taken out interest-bearing loans) (0-100):
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Estimated percentage of students that participate in or directly benefit from the institution’s policies and programs to support low-income and non-traditional students (0-100):
66

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Information received from MS. Aldrine Creado, Manager of Financial Grants and Scholarships, Office of Financial Grants and Scholarships

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.