Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.78
Liaison Jessica Bowen
Submission Date March 4, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Aquinas College
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.84 / 4.00 Jessica Eimer Bowen
Director of Sustainability
Center for 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:

Multiple need based scholarships are available to our students.


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:

Aquinas is involved in a number of community outreach to local institutions to serve this need.


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

There are no specific scholarships for low-income students currently, however many are need based.


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

As mentioned previously, we are in contact with a group of advisers in Michigan who are placed in high schools that are typically first generation and low income students.


A brief description of the institution’s other policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:

The college has a department called "Student Support Services." The Student Support Services (SSS) program is funded by the United State Department of Education serving low-income, first-generation, and students’ with disabilities. Students that qualify for and join our program are dedicated to their academic, personal and professional success.


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:

There are several scholarships for our adult population/continuing-ed students.


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

Aquinas offers night time classes in order to allow non-traditional students to not only take the classes that they need, but be able to have time to work and meet their lifestyle needs.


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):
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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):
83.80

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):
8.30

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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