Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 45.39
Liaison Holli Fajack
Submission Date July 6, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

California State University, Long Beach
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.94 / 4.00 Charity Bowles
Executive Director, Educational Equity Services
Educational Equity Services
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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 University offers programs that minimize the cost for low-income students which include the following:

The Office of Financial Aid is a resource that provides students with funds and services to achieve their educational endeavors. CSULB assists students through a variety of state, federal, and private funds. CSULB also offers four types of financial aid through: scholarships, loans, grants, and employment.

The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) provides participants support through FAFSA application assistance; scholarship searches and scholarship application assistance; and a stipend of up to $400, based on the participants' need. This comprehensive approach towards student development ensures that CAMP students succeed in year one, and ultimately persist and graduate from the university.

Upward Bound (UB) provides participants support through FAFSA application assistance; scholarship searches and scholarship application assistance; and a minimal scholarship, based on the participants' need.


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

The following programs equip faculty and staff to better serve students of low income backgrounds:
Student Support Services Program (SSSP) is made of 3 federal grants (Classic, STEM/Health, and Disability), serves at least 670 students, and provides 6 mandated services: academic advising, tutoring, financial aid process support, financial literacy education, graduate school preparation, and noncognitive skill development. SSSP is designed to assist students who are low-income, first-generation to college, and/or have a disability, who also have academic need and the motivation to achieve their maximum potential in higher education.

College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) is committed to providing post-secondary access, orientation, academic advising, counseling, retention, and financial assistance to entering freshman students from migrant or seasonal farmworker families. CAMP works with campus staff, faculty, student services, and the community to improve educational opportunities for CAMP students.

Pre-College Programs include: Upward Bound (UB= high school), Educational Talent Search (ETS= high school), and Educational Opportunity Center (EOC= adult re-entry). All provide information on how to gain access to and be successful in higher education.

Pursuing Academics Through Higher Educational Studies (PATHS) is a joint program with Migrant Education Region 10 (LA County) and Region 7 (Riverside County) that provides a one week college experience (provided by CAMP staff. During the one week program, the students are housed on the CSULB and will be exposed to academic and residential experiences to encourage and motivate students about college.


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

Upward Bound (UB= 210 students) and Educational Talent Search (ETS= 1684 students) are programs that prepare eligible high school students for college admissions and financial aid. Both provide fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The programs provide opportunities for participants to succeed in pre-college performance and ultimately in higher education pursuits. Both UB and ETS serve high school students who are low-income and first generation to college, and who are preparing to enter post-secondary education. The goal is to increase the rates at which participants enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education. Specific services provided are: academic advising, tutoring, college visits, college entrance exam preparation, financial aid application assistance and information, financial literacy, leadership development, summer educational programs, and parent workshops.

CAMP provides outreach and recruitment programs within communities with large migrant populations by offering bilingual outreach/recruitment presentations and informational material. CAMP collaborates directly with local, state, and federal programs in order to ensure maximize outreach.

PATHS at the Beach provides a one week college experience for 100 Migrant Education high school students from Los Angeles and Riverside Counties. During the one week program, the students are housed on the CSULB and will be exposed to academic and residential experiences to encourage and motivate students about college.

High School Equivalency Program (HEP) - HEP serves students from a large pool of migrant and seasonal farm workers to obtain their high school equivalency (HSE) diploma, and assists those students in enrolling into post-secondary or training programs, upgraded employment, or the military. The program provides intensive instructional, supportive, and financial services to the most in need, migrant and seasonal farm workers preparing for and obtaining their HSE diploma. Target Communities: Los Angeles and Riverside Counties.


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

Upward Bound (UB) provides minimal first-year scholarships to students. CAMP provides an up to $400 stipend to participants who demonstrate a financial need. Both programs conduct FAFSA and scholarship workshops, while also assisting students to complete Financial Literacy Modules in order to ensure financial competency.


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

CAMP provides outreach and recruitment programs within communities with large migrant populations by offering bilingual outreach/recruitment presentations and informational material. CAMP collaborates directly with local, state, and federal programs in order to ensure maximize outreach.

PATHS at the Beach provides a one week college experience for Migrant Education high school students from Los Angeles and Riverside Counties. During the one week program, the students are housed on the CSULB and will be exposed to academic and residential experiences to encourage and motivate students about college.


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

CAMP participates in the BEACH PATHWAYS Program by referring up to 10 students for a more holistic review. This program encourages applicants from targeted communities based on low socioeconomic status and historically low rates of college going to submit supplemental materials for a holistic admissions review. A limited number of applicants will be admitted based on, community involvement/leadership, overcoming significant hardship, and potential for degree completion. CAMP collaborates directly with local, state, and federal programs in order to offer paid Internships, specifically for migrant students.


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:

N/A


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, Inc. Isabel Patterson Child Development Center IPCDC) serves as a family support service for CSULB students by offering early care and education programs for children from six months through second grade. The IPCDC enables student parents to attend classes and is dedicated to ensuring that no student parent is denied access to higher education because of a lack of affordable campus childcare. Enrollment priority is given to CSULB students, and then opened to faculty and staff, CSULB alumni, and the community as space allows.


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

In recognition of the fact that adult learners have needs different from those of traditional transfer students or first-time freshmen, the university offers the Adult Re-Entry Workshop, which covers:
- Preparation, application and admission to the university;
- Orientation to academic programs and student support services;
- Development of an individualized educational strategy.

CSULB is also proud to support veteran and military affiliated students through our Veteran Services Office. The Veteran Services Office helps service members, veterans, and eligible dependents access the educational benefits they earned by serving in the armed forces of the United States.


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):
47.60

The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):
64.49

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):
81.50

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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