Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Dasha Ostrova
Submission Date March 2, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

California College of the Arts
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter Jennifer Juras
Director of Institutional Research
Office of Institutional Planning
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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:

New Initiative to support Low Income, Cal Grant, Dreamer/DACA Students

- CCA has increased the number of full-tuition diversity scholarships (when combined with institution, state and federal grants). Diversity scholarships are open to low-income, Cal grant and/or Dreamer/DACA students.

- Created and expanded the on-campus food pantry to program to provide acute food insecurity while students are then referred for additional support from the appropriate on- or off-campus resource

- Increased the threshold for student registration holds from any amount over zero dollars to between $500 and $1,000 to allow a student to register for a future term while resolving their balance through campus-resources and support


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

CCA Cares—an online referral system that allows anyone in the community to submit the information of a student, faculty or staff that needs extra support and resources from the committee.

First-year, first-generation task force - this task forces, made up of a cross-section of CCA staff, supports and mentors first-generation students through their first year at CCA.


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

CCA deployed online financial literacy training and education program for incoming and continuing students.

Sophomore Summit. One-day orientation to kick off the sophomore year before the start of the fall semester. Programming to assist sophomore transitioning into their major.


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

- CCA has increased the number of full-tuition diversity scholarships (when combined with institution, state and federal grants). Diversity scholarships are open to low-income, Cal grant and/or Dreamer/DACA students.


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

- Created and expanded the on-campus food pantry to program to provide acute food insecurity while students are then referred for additional support from the appropriate on- or off-campus resource

- Increased the threshold for student registration holds from any amount over zero dollars to between $500 and $1,000 to allow a student to register for a future term while resolving their balance through campus-resources and support

- Removed the fee for electronic portfolio submission to allow fee-waiver eligible students zero cost to apply to CCA.


Does the institution have policies and programs to support non-traditional students?:
No

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:
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Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (tracking accessibility and affordability)? (If data is not available, select 'No'):
No

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):
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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):
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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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