Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 88.13
Liaison Tonie Miyamoto
Submission Date Nov. 7, 2022

STARS v2.2

Colorado State University
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.80 / 4.00 Tonie Miyamoto
Director of Communications and Sustainability
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Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :

Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:

Percentage of entering students that are low-income:

Graduation/success rate for low-income students:

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

CSU employs equity-based awarding models that account for both Federal and Institutional methodologies in determining a family’s true financial strength to support the cost-of-education. This approach affords a greater level of accuracy in ensuring we get the right need-based dollars to the students who need them most, while maximizing our institutional resources to support broader access-focused financial aid initiatives.

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 notable policies or programs to support non-traditional students:

CSU’s Tuition Assistant Grant program allows qualifying Colorado-resident students to have tuition and fees covered with a combination of federal, state, and institutional grant aid.

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 ranked 2nd nationally among four-year universities and No. 1 in Colorado in the 2020 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.

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:

Website URL where information about the institution’s accessibility and affordability initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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

Additional information about the CSU Tuition Assistance Grant is at https://financialaid.colostate.edu/csu-tag/.

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