Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.23
Liaison Heather Albert-Knopp
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2022

STARS v2.2

College of the Atlantic
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.97 / 4.00 Heather Albert-Knopp
Dean of Admission
Office of Admission
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Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :
97

Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:
44

Percentage of entering students that are low-income:
30

Graduation/success rate for low-income students:
52

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

The college's financial aid program is designed to come as close as possible to meeting full financial need for all students, using primarily institutional scholarships and grants. Currently, 97% of first-year student need is met and 97% of need is met for the full student body. College of the Atlantic participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, and offers a $15,000 scholarship to qualified, admitted students transferring from community colleges. We also have special practices for low-income international students, enabling the college to reimburse or advance funds for travel and other needs. We are part of the Davis United World College Scholars program, where students with financial need who attended one of the 18 United World Colleges around the world are provided an outside need-based Davis Scholarship of up to $40,000, and College of the Atlantic meets 100% of the remaining need for these students.


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

Non-traditional and transfer students are provided with the same merit-based and need-based aid as first-time freshmen.


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:
50

Website URL where information about the institution’s accessibility and affordability initiatives is available:
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Note: Percentage of entering students that are low-income is the percentage of students receiving Pell-grants. It does not include low-income international students because we have not tracked those data, though the vast majority of our international students would qualify as low-income, and international students currently comprise over 20% of our student body. Combined, our Pell-eligible students, non-traditional students, and low-income international students comprise over 50% of our total student body.

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