Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 54.16
Liaison Ellie Perry
Submission Date June 30, 2020

STARS v2.2

California State University, Dominguez Hills
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.64 / 4.00 Ellie Perry
Sustainability Manager
Facilities Services
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Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :
33.40

Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:
56.60

Percentage of entering students that are low-income:
65

Graduation/success rate for low-income students:
43.27

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

Student Support Services, also known as SSS, is a federal program funded through the Department of Education and designed to support the academic needs of 160 qualified undergraduate CSUDH students.

The goal of SSS is simple: to increase the retention, and graduation rates of first generation and low income students, students with disabilities, and former foster youth who demonstrate a high potential for academic success.

SSS supports its participants by providing a myriad of services including academic coaching and advising, tutoring, peer mentoring, computer lab access, school supplies, cultural exploration activities, academic and skills development workshops, financial literacy training, professional development, networking, and graduate school preparation opportunities. Our staff is dedicated to the achievement and success of each participant and by employing services patterned after the best practices in student retention and success; we are successful in assisting them navigate their college experience. As a program and a university, we are sincerely committed to ensuring that we provide a welcoming environment that embraces the unique qualities and strengths that each participant embodies, lend each member essential academic and personal support, and challenge each participant to persist, excel, and complete their undergraduate degree.

Male Success Alliance
The Male Success Alliance (MSA) is a student success initiative focused on improving graduation rates of young men of color through academic support, professional development, mentoring, and civic engagement. Every year, MSA hosts an annual Spring Summit that brings more than 650 high school and middle school students to campus for a conference that offers them the necessary tools and resources to be successful.


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

As one of the few non-impacted campuses in the CSU, CSUDH is extremely accessible to anyone seeking a higher education degree. (https://www.csudh.edu/future-students/apply/freshmen/admissions-requirements/)

As a result, the average age of students at CSUDH is 24, with only 29.5% of its students in the age 18 to 21 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%.

It also has support for non-traditional students coming from several sources including a dedicated transfer center program that conducts outreach to local community colleges, a Veteran's Resource Center that provides dedicated, individualized assistance to veterans, active duty personnel, and dependents, a College of Extended Education which extends academic and professional development resources to distance learners, working adults, and nontraditional students, and an on-site Children's Center supported by Associated Students which provides early childhood education services for children of student parents.


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:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s accessibility and affordability initiatives is available:
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