Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 56.42
Liaison Stephanie Del Rosario
Submission Date March 1, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

California State University, Fullerton
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Christina Kim
Chief of Operations
Student Affairs
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Does the institution have policies and programs to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:

A brief description of any policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students:

We are committed to providing a comprehensive need-based financial aid program that makes it financially possible for our prospective, admitted and current students to attend. Our goal is to provide to students with transparent information to make sounding decisions on their academic goals. The following are federal and state grant, loan and other aid opportunities: Pell Grant, FSEOG, Cal Grant, SUG, EOP, Middle Class Scholarship, Chafee Grant, Federal Direct Loans, Dream Loan, Federal Work Study, and Scholarships.

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

The assistant deans who work as Student Affairs professionals in colleges work as a bridge between faculty/staff and students. They serve as a member of the Student Success Teams, which every college has.

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

The Office of Financial Aid presents the institution's programs and financial opportunities to students and parents from low income backgrounds at each new student orientation.

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

CSUF offers a number of scholarships available to new and returning low-income students. In addition to scholastic achievement, financial need and other factors may be considered in the selection process. Many of the special scholarships listed below were established to increase college participation of underrepresented and disadvantaged students. The full listing of scholarships and criteria can be found at:


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

In addition to the programs mentioned above, CSUF selects which local area (and out of area) schools/projects with whom to partner for targeted outreach based in no small part on school demographics. Schools with high free and reduced lunch participation rates, high rates of diversity, and lower API rates tend to be the highest priority partners.

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

The following financial opportunities are available:

Pell; FSEOG; Cal Grant; State University Grant; EOP; Chafee Grant; Direct Loans; Federal Work Study; and Scholarships.

Does the institution have policies and programs to support non-traditional students?:

A brief description of the institution’s scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:

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:

The Associated Students, CSUF, Inc. recognizes that many of the people who wish to attend the University are parents of young children, and that in order to attend classes these people must arrange for affordable, quality child care. Therefore, the CSUF Children’s Center has been established and operated, with Associated Student Inc. funds, for the purpose of making the educational opportunities at the University equally accessible to these parents of young children, regardless of sex, race, or financial status.

The Children’s Center is open year-round from 7:30AM – 7:00PM, Monday through Thursday, and 7:30AM – 5:15PM on Friday.We are closed on all University holidays and require specialized scheduling during Spring Break, Fall Recess, and the Summer.

The Women’s and Adult Reentry center works in partnership with CalWorks to verify student enrollment for their caseworkers to distribute their benefits.

A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:

The Adult Reentry Center at Cal State Fullerton is dedicated to the academic success of non-traditional students. Our mission is to provide support services to prospective and current students who have multiple responsibilities outside the role of a student. We serve as a resource in providing an engaging environment for adult learners to thrive and achieve within the university setting.

Women's Center and the Adult Reentry and Parenting Students program is dedicated to the success of nontraditional students. We provide reentry and parenting support services, leadership opportunities and programs to enhance academic and personal development.

The Veterans Resource Center at California State University, Fullerton provides comprehensive services to military-connected students that support personal, academic, and professional success.

Services, Programs, and Resources
· Pre-admission Advising: Work individually with students who have either left CSUF for some reason and with students wanting to finish a degree after some break in education
· Student Success Workshops: monthly workshops on a variety of topics focused on the adult learner, examples: time management, scholarship writing, parenting discussion groups, leadership development)
· CalWORKS Verification: Provide enrollment verification and support for the CalWorks program
· AWARE (Adults Who Are Returning to Education): A student group for non traditional students to have the opportunity to be involved on campus in leadership roles and connect with their campus colleagues. All events are family friendly.
· Alpha Sigma Lambda: An honor society for non traditional students. Each semester an induction ceremony is held to honor the students and recognize them for their academic achievements and perseverance.
· Scholarships: we offer scholarships specifically for adult reentry students. Some of the scholarship are from University Advancement and a few are from local community partners such as the YWCA of North Orange County and the Orange County Community Foundation.
· Advocacy for Pregnant and Parenting Students: Serving as a place to support our pregnant and parenting students in reference to Title IV and the need for this service on campus

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

The percentage of entering students that are low-income (0-100):

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

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):

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):

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):

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

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