Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 45.17
Liaison Nina Bisbee
Submission Date June 29, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Bryn Mawr College
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.52 / 4.00
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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:

The College is committed to meeting 100% demonstrated need for all admitted undergraduate students.

Beginning in fall 2017, the College is implementing a new student pay policy that raises the base pay for student workers and ensures equity across various types of campus jobs.


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

The Provost's Office works with the chair of the faculty to bring information to the faculty as a whole, and with the libraries, bookstore, and faculty to identify lower costs ways for low-income students to purchase needed books and classroom supplies.

First-Goers, a group to support first-generation students launched by undergraduates, includes faculty and staff who were also first-generation, and provides both support to students and education to the campus community.


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

The College's Admissions and Financial Aid Offices provide a variety of information to guide students and families from low-income backgrounds, both online and in print.


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

The College is committed to meeting 100% demonstrated need for all admitted undergraduate students.


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

The College partners with a variety of community-based organizations around the country that work with first-generation, under-served, and low-income students to promote college attendance.

The College has partnered with the Posse Foundation since 2001. Its Posse students receive full-tuition scholarships; 100% of any financial need beyond tuition is met through our regular financial aid program. The College hosted one Posse from 2001-2012, and has hosted two Posses since 2013.


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

In collaboration with the Provost's Office, the College's bookstore, and the College's libraries, the College works with faculty to identify ways in which to create access to books and other instructional materials at reduced costs.

The College's innovative 360 Program consists of multidisciplinary course clusters examining a common topic or problem and includes fieldwork (many times in the form of travel domestically or internationally). The College covers the costs of travel so that this high-impact educational experience is available to all students.

Students receiving financial aid are also able to use their aid to pay for the costs of study abroad.


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:
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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:

The College's McBride Program serves returning students past traditional college-age. The College has a number of endowed funds that specifically support scholarships for students in this program. Because of this financial support, most of our McBride students are able to attend full-time.


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):
19

The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):
85

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):
48

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:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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