Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.57
Liaison Susan Kidd
Submission Date Feb. 15, 2012
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Agnes Scott College
PAE-10: Affordability and Access Programs

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Justine Schwartz
Sustainability Fellow
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Does the institution have policies and programs in place to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:

A brief description of the institution’s participation in federal TRIO programs:

A brief description of the institution’s policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students?:

Agnes Scott College employs a number of policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance. Agnes Scott’s financial aid packaging policy allows a student’s total cost for tuition and fees to be discounted. The current discount rate for tuition and fees is around 61%. Agnes Scott allocates more funds, in addition to federal awards for work study positions, for work study programs to allow four times as many students to participate in the work study program. Work study offers students the opportunity to earn wages for college costs.

In the financial aid packaging process students from low-income backgrounds may also be eligible for Agnes Scott College Grants which are need-based aid based on the demonstrated need of the student and available institutional funds. Need is calculated from the results of the student’s FAFSA and the cost of attendance. Students must apply each year for need-based aid and demonstrate need annually. The amount of an award may vary each year based on changes in FAFSA results, cost of attendance and institutional policy. The Agnes Scott Office of Financial Aid also promotes federal programs for low-income students as part of their financial aid package. Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, and Stafford student loans are available for students who qualify for need-based aid.

A brief description of the institution’s programs to equip the institution's faculty and staff to better serve students from low-income backgrounds:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to prepare students from low-income backgrounds for higher education:

A brief description of the institution's scholarships for low-income students:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to guide parents of low-income students through the higher education experience:

Admission Counselors are well versed in explaining the admission and financial aid process to first generation families. Our open houses on campus address the specifics of applying to college and what is involved in the financial aid process. When financial aid packages are mailed to students they contain detailed explanations to further clarify what is being offered by the college and what is the responsibility of the student. In addition, we have a Spanish speaker on staff who has presented in Spanish at Hispanic Scholarship Fund’s “Steps for Success” Saturdays.

A brief description of the institution’s targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:

The admission office has participated and in many cases led sessions for the following programs in 2011: Mini Camp College hosted at Agnes Scott, Georgia 411 Apply to College days at local high schools, Odyssey session before Atlanta KIPP fair, Carver High School’s Project Grad and C5 through Atlanta Case Studies.

A brief description of the institution’s other admissions policies and programs:

Agnes Scott College recognizes state programs that offer financial assistance to students and will match contributions for students and state programs that qualify.

•Georgia: Georgia residents who recently have graduated from high school with a B average or better may qualify for a HOPE Scholarship. Agnes Scott's match for Georgia residents
with HOPE scholarships is $15,000 a year. What’s more, as a full-time student you may qualify for an additional $1,100 in the form of a Georgia Tuition Equalization Grant.

•Other States: Agnes Scott offers matching dollars to applicants qualifying for programs within their states. Eligible programs include the Tennessee Hope Scholarship Program; Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program; the Louisiana Tuition Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS); the South Carolina Legislative Incentive for Future Excellence (Life) Scholarship Program; and the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship. Any other merit-based aid awarded by Agnes Scott counts toward the match.

A brief description of the institution’s other financial aid polices or programs:

Agnes Scott College offers a variety of scholarships based on academic record, academic interests and ethnic and religious affiliations. It is important to note that our student body is currently 45% Pell eligible.

For detailed information about scholarships that are available visit Agnes Scott's financial aid website: http://www.agnesscott.edu/admission/undergraduate/financialaid/agnes-scott-scholarships.aspx

A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs not covered above:

The website URL where information about programs in each of the areas listed above is available:

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