Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.29
Liaison Holly Andersen
Submission Date March 30, 2022

STARS v2.2

Bennington College
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.49 / 4.00
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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:

Bennington is committed to putting an education within the reach of students with financial need. The financial aid application is actually a conversation and we are here to help you get the education you deserve. Over 90% of Bennington students receive some form of financial aid, and these packages average $33,000 annually per student. 92% Receive Aid
Our Financial Aid team is committed to helping Bennington students afford their college education. 24% of our students are Pell-Eligible, 19% are First-Generation students, 18.6% Are Domestic Students of Color, 17% are International Students. 100% of our students complete an internship or field experience for six weeks every year through our nearly 100-year-old field work term. Two thirds of our students also work year-round in our nationally-recognized student employment programs, offering additional opportunities for mentorship, evaluation and skill development in campus and community settings. On average, students graduate with eight professional work experiences—offering clarity and confidence to succeed in the world of work. 93% of our graduates are employed or in graduate school six months after graduation, and 76% of our students land a first job closely aligned with their academic study.

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

Bennington's undergraduate population is nearly all 1st bachelor, residential, traditional students.

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:

Hi Holly,
Sorry for the delay.
A Couple of the results you had from the previous year didn't jive. I've redone the calculations a few times so I feel confident in the responses.

Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need based aid
85% (pulled w/ IPEDS data)

Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt

Percentage of entering students that are low-income (per AASHE definition Pell eligible)
26% of entering class

Graduation/success rate for low -income students (graduating w/ pell lifetime usage, AASHE definition of Pell eligible)

Last question re: percentage of students benefiting...

Deirdre E. Bairstow-Allen, MBA
Director of Financial Aid
Bennington College

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