Overall Rating Platinum - expired
Overall Score 87.10
Liaison Alex Davis
Submission Date March 5, 2020

STARS v2.2

Arizona State University
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.52 / 4.00 Corey Hawkey
Assistant Director
University Sustainability Practices
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Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :

Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:

Percentage of entering students that are low-income:

Graduation/success rate for low-income students:

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

In its charter as the model for a “New American University”, ASU defines itself not by who it excludes but by who it includes. This mandate manifests itself through a wide range of policies and programs, from a deliberate effort to forego or minimize tuition increases to unique innovative collaborations such as the Starbuck College Achievement Program – assisting Starbucks employees in completing their college education for free. (http://asuonline.asu.edu/starbucks-and-arizona-state-university)

Beyond the Starbucks program, perhaps the flagship example program for providing access to low-income students to university education is:

President Barack Obama Scholars Program
- The President Barack Obama Scholars Program promotes equal access for motivated, high-achieving Arizona students, for whom a lack of family resources is a barrier to higher education.
- The program provides a comprehensive financial package covering all direct costs for students attending Arizona State University immediately following graduation from an Arizona High School and coming from families earning less than $42,400 annually, as demonstrated through the FAFSA process.
- As a part of this scholarship program, Scholars have the benefit of one-on-one success coaching during their first year at ASU to ensure a successful transition to university life. Success Coaches and Scholars meet regularly, providing the opportunity for connections to valuable resources and helpful referrals for Scholars.
- Program Start Date: 2009-2010
- https://students.asu.edu/obama
- https://eoss.asu.edu/obama

As part of the Student Success Suite, ASU also supports students completing iGrad, a personalized course of study in financial literacy and planning in order to promote retention and lifelong financial health.

A brief description of notable policies or programs to support non-traditional students:

Five Student Support Services (SSS) programs service over 800 ASU students across all four locations. Three of SSS programs serve a specific population.


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:

Website URL where information about the institution’s accessibility and affordability initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

Melissa Pizzo
Dean Adm and Fin Aid Svcs
FA and Scholarship Services
(480) 965-1127

Melissa Pizzo
Dean Adm and Fin Aid Svcs
FA and Scholarship Services
(480) 965-1127

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 or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.