Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.39
Liaison Laura Draucker
Submission Date March 1, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Amherst College
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.85 / 4.00 Laura Draucker
Director of Sustainability
Office of Environmental 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:

We are a truly need-blind institution. More information here: https://www.amherst.edu/admission/financial_aid


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

Trainings during orientation programs


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

We have lots of support for students from low-income backgrounds starting with the admission process through their Amherst experience. Some examples:

https://www.amherst.edu/admission/diversity
https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/our-community/campus-diversity-student-leadership/first-generation-students


A brief description of the institution's scholarships for low-income students:
A brief description of the institution’s targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:
A brief description of the institution’s other policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:

listed in websites above


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:

none


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:

We have an affiliated child care center and faculty, staff, and students have first priority for spots. Subsidies are not specific to students but do exist. https://www.woodsidechildrenscenter.org/


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

We have programs to support veterans: https://www.amherst.edu/admission/apply/veterans

We also offered aid and admission to students displaced by the hurricane in Puerto Rico
https://www.amherst.edu/admission/apply/visiting


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

The percentage of entering students that are low-income (0-100):
20

The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):
95

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):
100

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):
70

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):
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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For part 2 question 4, Interest barring loans are not part of our financial aid packages. However, 25 - 30 % of graduating students borrow outside of those packages, but it is unspecified what portion of that figure is non-interest bearing (subsidized) or unsubsidized (interest bearing). Both of those loans become interest bearing 6 months after the student graduates, so we have include 30 % in this.

20 % of low income based on pell grant-eligible from website ( https://www.amherst.edu/amherst-story/facts). 95% grad rate of low income based on 6 year grad rate of 2011 cohort who recieved pell grants (CDS)

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