Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.57
Liaison Lacey Raak
Submission Date May 20, 2019
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STARS v2.1

California State University, Monterey Bay
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.80 / 4.00 Lacey Raak
Sustainability Director
Campus Planning and Development
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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:

The university provides outreach and support programs for low-income students through the EOSP office. These programs include Educational Opportunity Program, Guardian Scholars, TRiO Student Support Services, and the College Assistance Migrant Program.

The Educational Opportunity Program helps students who have the potential to succeed in college, but who have struggled to meet their goals because of economic and/or educational background. If eligible, EOP students receive an EOP financial grant, plus assistance applying for scholarships.
The Guardian Scholars Program helps to meet the unique needs of students who have a foster youth background. CSUMB recognizes that former foster youth often have overcome more obstacles, have less support, and fewer resources than most entering students. Guaridan Scholars qualify for special scholarships and funding (if you are or were in foster care and have financial need, you may qualify for up to $5,000 a year for college) to cover college and living expenses, participate in the Faculty & Staff Guardian Mentor Program, and receive support with making decisions while in college and preparing future plans. The College Assistance Migrant Program at California State University, Monterey Bay is committed to promoting the academic success of first generation, migrant and students of farmworker backgrounds by providing services aimed to assist in navigating cultural, economic, social, and institutional barriers in order to achieve first year completion and college retention. The purpose of CAMP is to address the educational and social development of low income and first generation college migrant students. CAMP provides the student with uup to $1,000 in grant funding and academic advising and other support services necessary to successfully complete their first year of higher education. There are several other programs on campus that provide assistance for low income students, for example students with an Official Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of zero are eligible for a reduced orientation fee of $35. The $35 fee for guests still applies. If you qualify, the online registration system will automatically adjust your fee amount. Also, the university provides application fee waivers for low-income students. In case of financial hardship, campuses allow a limited number of undergraduate application fee waivers for residents of California. For students without lawful immigration status, who qualify for an AB540 nonresident tuition exception, fee waivers may also be available. If you file the admission application via CSUMentor, the fee waiver request is included in the online system as part of the application process. You will be notified at the time you apply online if you qualify for the fee waiver.

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

The Office of Inclusive Excellence advances excellence at CSUMB through inclusion and equity. Toward this end, we promote the retention, positive college experience and graduation of students by identifying and institutionalizing effective educational practices for all students. We also foster the success of faculty and staff, and work towards sustaining a vibrant and welcoming campus for all.

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

The Early Outreach & Support Programs office guides students through their K-12 years, helping them successfully transition into college, and supporting students until they achieve their goal of earning a college degree. Their pre-college programs include MESA, EAP, ETS, Imagine College, Upward Bound, and Strive for College.

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

CSUMB has compiled a number of resources for students seeking scholarships. A database of scholarships is maintained by the Financial Aid office. There are 37 unique scholarship opportunitys for students who demonstrate financial need. These include internal and external scholarship opportunities.

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

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

CSUMB provides a number of grant opportunities for low-income students. These include Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, State University Grant, CSUMB Residential Life Scholarship, CSUMB Teach Grant, and others. Also, CSUMB offers Federal Work Study to provide employment opportunities to students with the highest financial need. There are a wide variety of job opportunities for students, both on- and off-campus. Most students are paid directly by their employers. Others are paid through the Federal Work-Study program, which includes a component for Community Service Federal Work-Study.

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:

CSUMB has partnered with Early Development Services (EDS) to provide quality, licensed, affordable childcare to the campus community. EDS has served the City of Seaside for nearly 13 years and is a NAEYC accredited agency. More information about EDS can be found on their website at earlydevelopmentservices.com . The Center can serve 24 preschool children (36 months to 5 years), 12 early-preschool children (25 months to 35 months), and 12 toddlers (12 months to 24 months).

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

California State University, Monterey Bay works closely with veterans of the Armed Services to provide a seamless transition to higher education at our campus. Veteran Student Services staff, located within the Office of the Registrar, provide VA Educational Benefits Certification as well as general admissions information and academic counseling assistance to help veteran students achieve their higher education goals. Also, CSUMB houses a Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. OLLI@CSUMB is an inquiring and engaged community of adults, age 50 and better, who share an interest in exploring new and traditional areas of knowledge--without exams or grades.

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:


It is worth noting that although the campus has many programs in place to support non-traditional students, many of them are inadequate and supply of programs and services is not meeting demand. For example, there is childcare on campus, but it does not meet the needs of childcare services for the majority of students, staff and faculty in need of childcare services.

Data figures are from Common Data Set (2016/17) and CSUMB Fast Facts (spring 2017), (The graduation success rate for low income students was not able to updated and remains the same as the previous report (2015)

2010 Fall FTF 6-Year Grad Rates by Low Income
Low Income 51%
Non-Low Income 56%

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