Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.63
Liaison Dennis Carlberg
Submission Date Dec. 14, 2011
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STARS v1.1

Boston University
PAE-10: Affordability and Access Programs

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Meredith Withelder
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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:

Upward Bound (UB) at Boston University is a federally funded college preparatory program for potential first-generation college and low-income Boston Public High School students. The program, which is a part of Boston University's Boston Public Schools Collaborative Office within the School of Education, serves 75 students who are recruited from one of six target high schools in Boston. The high schools served are Brighton High School, The English High School, Community Academy of Science and Health, The Engineering School, Social Justice Academy and Snowden International High School at Copley.

Students enter the program in either the 9th or 10th grade and remain with the program until their graduation from high school. Program services include an academically intensive six-week summer residential program and an after school program of tutoring and academic courses during the school year. Upward Bound services are located on the Boston University campus, which provides students with access to the University's resources. The program is free and, in addition, students are paid a small stipend for their participation.

Federal Work-Study is a federally subsidized program that provides jobs to help eligible students meet educational expenses. Since Federal Work-Study funding is limited, it is not included in all student awards. Priority is given to students with higher calculated need who indicate on the FAFSA that they are interested in student employment.

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

Last year, BU awarded over $50 million in need-based grants and merit awards to incoming students. Those with need-based grants had 90% of their calculated financial eligibility met. Need-based grants are awarded based on a combination of calculated financial eligibility and academic merit. Certain scholarships are offered to academically talented candidates who apply for need-based aid and show minimal or no calculated financial eligibility, but whose calculated family contributions do not substantially exceed the cost of attending BU.

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:

See the Upward Bound Program in "Federal TRIO programs".

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

Last year, Boston University awarded more than $13 million in merit-based scholarships to entering freshmen. Most awards are for academic achievement, while others go to talented athletes, performers and artists. BU has several kinds of academic scholarships. Some are offered for specific areas of study and some are offered through nomination from one’s high school. Merit scholarships are renewable for up to three additional years of study with satisfactory completion of 12 credits each semester, maintaining the annual grade point average specified in the award notification, and remaining in good disciplinary standing at the University.
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship provides four-year, full-tuition awards for academically gifted students with proven leadership abilities, a strong commitment to social justice and a record of community involvement. Scholarship winners continue their commitment to service at Boston University. All are required to complete a minimum of 100 community service hours each year in conjunction with BU’s Howard Thurman Center, the hub of multicultural life on campus.

More merit scholarships are available on the admissions website. Other factors that may influence the awarding of University grants and scholarships include the School/College of admission, geography, ethnicity, artistic or athletic talent, and alumni affiliation. These factors help us fulfill our commitment to equal opportunity and excellence.

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


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


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


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


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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