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Liaison Rochelle Owen
Submission Date Jan. 7, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Dalhousie University
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Grace Okpala
Sustainability Project Officer
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have policies and programs in place to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:
Yes

A brief description of any policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students:

Cost of attendance is minimized through scholarships, awards, bursaries and prizes distributed through the Registrar's Office to Dalhousie students at every stage of their academic life.

http://www.dal.ca/admissions/money_matters/funding_sources/scholarships.html


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

An example of a recent initiative between the HREHP Office, Student Advising and Access Services, and the Indigenous Black and Mi’kmaq Program at the Schulich School of Law resulted in initiating a pilot project to more creatively address barriers and identify the impact faced by indigenous black and Mi’kmaq students in the program. In addition, coverage under Dalhousie’s Employee and Family Assistance Program has been extended to students in the program in order to provide support and help to improve retention of these students


A brief description of any programs to prepare students from low-income backgrounds for higher education:

Cost of living and budgeting tips are made available for students.

http://www.dal.ca/admissions/money_matters/budgeting_your_money.html


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

Dalhousie University's Bursary program provides funds to assist students in financial need. Bursaries are typically smaller amounts of money (from $200-$600), intended to supplement other funding sources.

Different types of scholarships are also available for students. See more below:
http://www.dal.ca/admissions/money_matters/funding_sources/scholarships.html


A brief description of any programs to guide parents of low-income students through the higher education experience:
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A brief description of any targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:
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A brief description of other admissions policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:

Transition Year Program (TYP)
The Transition Year Program (TYP) is a one-year program designed for First Nations and African Canadian students who wish to enter university but who do not meet the standard entrance requirements.

African Canadian, non-status Aboriginal and Metis people may be eligible, based on financial need, for TYP bursaries during their transition year. These bursaries cover tuition, books and, in some cases, a small living allowance. Students who complete TYP with a minimum ‘B’ average may be eligible for a continuing tuition waiver at Dalhousie for their first degree as long as they remain in good academic standing with a minimum 2.0 GPA.

http://www.dal.ca/admissions/undergraduate/transition_year_programstudents.html


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

Apart from scholarships and bursaries, temporary loans are also offered to help students in financial need.

http://www.dal.ca/admissions/money_matters/funding_sources/student_loans/temporary_loans.html


A brief description of other policies and programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students not covered above:

External scholarships and bursaries
Many external scholarships and bursaries are offered to university students on behalf of outside organizations

http://www.dal.ca/admissions/money_matters/funding_sources/external_scholarshipsbursaries.html


Does the institution have policies and programs in place to support non-traditional students?:
Yes

A brief description of any scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:
A brief description of any onsite child care facilities, partnerships with local facilities, and/or subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of students:

University's Children Centre

The University Children's Centre is a non-profit organization, that provides high-quality, affordable childcare.

http://ucc.dal.ca/


A brief description of other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:
Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (accessibility and affordability indicators)?:
Yes

Indicators that the institution is accessible and affordable to low-income students::
Percentage (0-100)
The percentage of entering students that are low-income 20
The graduation/success rate for low-income students 0
The percentage of student financial need met, on average 0
The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt 0

The percentage of students that participate in or directly benefit from the institution’s policies and programs to support low-income and non-traditional students:
5

The website URL where information about the institution's affordability and access programs is available:

Dalhousie University does not track or collect records of students who are low-income. However, for part 2 of this credit, we use the percentage of students who received some form of government loan for schooling purposes. As we do not track low-income data, we used this to signify low-income.

Also, we used a proxy for percentage of students that participate in policies and programs that support low-income students.

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