Overall Rating Platinum - expired
Overall Score 88.14
Liaison Tonie Miyamoto
Submission Date Dec. 6, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Colorado State University
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.98 / 4.00 Tonie Miyamoto
Director of Communications and Sustainability
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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:

As part of its land grant mission, Colorado State University ensures that financial challenges do not prevent any undergraduate Colorado student who is admitted to the university from attending.

CSU's Commitment to Colorado is a promise to provide Colorado students who have a family Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) of $64,000 or less (and who meet other eligibility requirements) with grant funds from state and university sources to cover at least one-half the cost of student share of base tuition. In addition, students who are eligible for federal Pell Grant may receive grant funds from federal, state, and University sources to cover at least 100% of student share of base tuition and standard fees.

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

The Institute for Professional Development offers seminars to all CSU staff/faculty on training oriented towards students and parents. Seminars include:
"Promoting Academic Success for First-Generation and Lower-Income Students at CSU," "Student Parent Barriers to Academic Success," "Tips & Strategies for Working with the Parents & Families of Today's Students," "Promoting Academic Success for First-Generation and Lower-Income Students at CSU."

First Generation at CSU is an initiative to identify and involve faculty and staff who are First Generation college graduates and allies to support in the engagement and success of First Generation students at CSU. Subcommittees include engagement and mentoring, communications, student engagement and events, and research, data and strategies. https://firstgeneration.colostate.edu/

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

The Access Center strives to develop the talents of those who have been traditionally underrepresented in higher education (first generation, low income, ethnically or racially diverse, and non-traditional age students) during their pre-college years by: nurturing college bound aspirations, increasing academic skills and motivation, reaching out to Colorado’s historically underserved secondary students, facilitating the college application, enrollment and student aid process, assisting in the transition to college, and supporting retention efforts.

The Access center oversees several initiatives which facilitate these goals. More information on programs such as Alliance Partnership, Bridge Scholars, Educational Opportunity Center, Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound, Reach Out, and Colorado Lorenzo De Zevala Youth Legislative Session. For details see the Access Center online at

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

The Alliance Partnership through the Access Center includes Alliance Awards (scholarships of $10,000) for all students matriculating at CSU from Alliance Partnership schools.

The First Generation Award ($16,000) is Colorado State’s core program for first-generation students. It was the first financial aid program of its kind in the country. The program has awarded 2,187 awards for a total commitment of $18.9 million. The purpose of the award goes beyond financial aid; the Award positively influences first-generation student retention and graduation.

Partnership Awards:
Alliance Partnership
Alliance Transfer Award
Black Issues Forum
Daniels Fund
Denver Scholarship Foundation
Educational Opportunity Center Partnership Award
First Generation Award
First Generation STEM Scholarship
Lorenzo de Zavala
Native American Legacy Award
Scholarship Athletes
STARS Partnership
Talent Search
Upward Bound

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

All of the programs from the Access Center which prepare students from low-income backgrounds for higher education, also aim to recruit students from low-income backgrounds. https://accesscenter.colostate.edu

Specific programs include Alliance Partnership, Bridge Program, Educational Talent Search, Reach Out, and Upward Bound.

Additional, targeted outreach and recruitment programs at CSU include the Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session (National Hispanic Institute), Black Issues Forum, High School Diversity Symposium, and Native American Education Forum.

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

The Academic Advancement Center, a TRIO Student Support Services program, has a mission to help low-income, first-generation college students, foster youth, and students with disabilities to stay in college until they earn their baccalaureate degrees.

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:

Pinnacle offers scholarships to all non-traditional students including part-time students. Pinnacle is an academic honor society which recognizes non-traditional students. The national charter has over 150 chapter members on more than 175 campuses nationwide. Colorado State has established a charter of Pinnacle for CSU non-traditional students. Some of the benefits for CSU non-traditional students include a scholarship, exclusively for adult learners and non-traditional students, and the opportunity to graduate, recognized as an academically excellent non-traditional student.

The Student Parent Success Program provides outreach to student parents in all aspects of their transition to CSU, including financial resources. This program connects student parents with the various resources available to them at CSU, coordinates workshops tailored the needs of student parents, and helps student parents get started on the right track at CSU.

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:

CSU has several options for on site childcare facilities:

Ram Kidz Village - student parents can finally have the worry-free study time they need while their children are engaged in supervised educational activities in a safe, positive learning environment. Ram Kidz Village is a drop-in educational program available to all currently enrolled, Colorado State University student parents. For more information:

The Sunshine House has a brand new facility just south of campus that offers subsidized childcare for children of students and employees. It has programs for infants, toddlers, preschool, pre-K, after school programs, and more.

The Early Childhood Center is the lab school for Colorado State University's Human Development and Family Studies Program. The center offers a quality program for young children, trains CSU students for careers in early childhood education, and child-life specialists, and provides opportunities for research related to children, families, and early childhood education. The center is dedicated to working in partnership with families to ensure a quality educational experience for their child.

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

The Veteran Success Program provides outreach to student veterans in all aspects of their transition to CSU. This program connects veterans with various resources, coordinates workshops tailored to veteran needs and wants, sets up networking events, and helps veterans get started on the right track at CSU. We also have an active mentorship program that provides one-on-one guidance and advice to support success both academically and personally.

CSU ranks 5th nationally among public universities and No. 1 in Colorado in the 2019 Military Times “Best for Vets” rankings.

One-on-One Success Coaching for student parents is designed to help with success both academically and personally. Whether student parents are having difficulties or just want to be proactive, success coaching helps make a plan for success at CSU and beyond.

Multiple resources are also available for transfer students including a dedicated community in the residence halls, specific Admissions Visit Days, Transfer Mentors, and Tau Sigma National Honor Society (http://www.otp.colostate.edu/transfer-programs.aspx).

Adult Learner and Veteran Services (ALVS) aims to support non-traditional students in their transition to Colorado State University. ALVS provides a broad range of resources to aid in the advancement of adult and veteran students both academically and professionally. This includes peer mentoring, career counseling, child care, and heath care referrals to overcome service-related physical, mental, and cognitive conditions. They also offer a number of scholarships to support student vets. CSU is ranked number one in Colorado in 2019 Military Times "Best for Vets" rankings. In January 2019, the Student Veterans of America honored President Tony Frank with the 2019 William Pearson Tolley Champion for Veterans in Higher Education Award, recognizing the University’s commitment to improving higher education for student-veterans.

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:

Additional information about services for non-traditional students are at http://alvs.colostate.edu/

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