Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.19
Liaison Ian Johnson
Submission Date July 14, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Colorado College
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.72 / 4.00 Paul Buckley
Assistant Vice President and Inaugural Director of the Butler Center
The Butler Center
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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:

Financial Aid Office Mission Statement
We support the purpose and priorities of Colorado College through our commitment to provide appropriate financial resources for all qualified prospective and current students so that they may realize their educational goals. We strive for excellence in all we do. We celebrate the opportunity to increase and support the social, ethnic, and economic diversity of the college. We believe in a student-centered environment that is responsive to students and families in an equitable and respectful manner.

Colorado College utilizes various types of financial aid to meet aid eligibility. Financial aid awards consist of two main types of assistance — gifts (scholarships and grants) and self-help (loans and work).

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

The Butler Center holds a training for faculty advisors of incoming students at Colorado College. The training addresses diversity of incoming freshmen, advising approaches, considerations for students of low-income backgrounds or first generation students, and how to make the advising process transparent for students coming from these backgrounds. This training is completed yearly for advisors of new students.

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

Colorado College's Bridge program is designed to guide students in their transition from high school to college and provide them with the tools to succeed at Colorado College.
While the program is targeted to students from under-resourced high schools, those that are members of a population that has historically been underrepresented at Colorado College, or those who are first generation college students, others are also eligible to apply. Colorado College also participates in the Quest Bridge Scholars program. This is a national program to connect under-served youth to higher education.

Colorado College also offers a pre-college summer program that provides need-based financial aid. CC's summer session provides students with a rich opportunity to explore challenging academics, get inspired by the wondrous Rocky Mountain Region, and be supported by faculty that are invested in each student's successes.

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

Colorado College offers many different scholarship opportunities and funds to ensure that 100% of demonstrated need.

Denver Scholarship Foundation
Denver Scholarship Foundation inspires and empowers Denver Public Schools' students to enroll in and graduate from postsecondary institutions of higher education, by providing the tools, knowledge, and financial resources essential for success.

Daniels Fund Scholarship
Daniels Fund Scholarship provides a four-year annually-renewable college scholarship for graduating high school seniors who demonstrate exceptional character, leadership, and a commitment to serving their communities as well as financial need.

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

Programs targeting students of color, 1st generation students and participants of CBOs:

CC's Funded Campus Visit Programs offer prospective students, especially students of color, an inside look at student life at Colorado College. Perspective students are invited to take a campus tour, visit a class, stay overnight with a CC student host, participate in an admission interview and financial aid workshop, and experience a variety of academic, cultural and extra-curricular events. Students are invited to bring their parents to the open house. If accepted to the program, Colorado College will pay for the travel expenses of the student as well as a family member or mentor.

CC hosts a spring fly-in program for students of color. This program covers the cost of flights for students to attend one of the college's spring open houses.

CC offers special CBO groups on campus throughout the fall. Most of these groups are high school students; however, the College has hosted middle school groups as well to promote a college going culture.

Colorado College hosted the Bridge Builders Forum in the fall of 2015, where the Director of the Butler Center, Paul Buckley, was the keynote speaker. This forum is meant to include young men of color. During the program, many low-income and first generation students from Colorado Springs attended.

QuestBridge: Founded in 1994, QuestBridge is a national nonprofit based in Palo Alto, California that connects the nation's most exceptional, low-income youth with leading colleges and opportunities. By working with these students, beginning in high school through college to their first job, QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation's best colleges and universities.

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

Colorado College is one of the first schools to sign onto the mMyinTuition net price calculator. Based on the answers to six basic questions, MyinTuition estimates the cost of college for each individual student, including out-of-pocket costs, available loans, work-study opportunities, and grant assistance at CC.

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:

Colorado College does not offer scholarship opportunities 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:

Colorado College has an onsite child care facility that serves students, faculty, and staff. The Financial Aid Office offers one scholarship for single parents to help provide for childcare needs. In other cases, students can appeal for support and situations are reviewed on a case by case basis.

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

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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