Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 48.30
Liaison Laura Hamstra
Submission Date Feb. 9, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Durham College
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.72 / 4.00 Chris Rocha
Director, Financial Aid & Awards
Financial Aid
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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:

The financial aid office serves students by finding ways to minimize the cost of attendance for low income students. This includes:

OSAP program
Institutional bursary program - Durham College takes a portion of tuition and reinvests this into institutional student aid (3 million dollars in 2016 - number is based on enrollment)

The school also runs workshops on financial literacy.


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

students self-identify financial need - there is no mandatory reporting

Programs include:

staff/faculty orientation - educates new staff and faculty with financial aid information
Coaching support services
First Generation and funding for crown wards through OSAP and supports through coaching services

Financial aid outreach to highschool's and group sessions for various agencies - DC offers workshops with dual credit students and workshops through the START Strong program.


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

START Strong transition's program
Workshops for students
Outreach for upcoming students at highschool's
Recruitment - targeted from social services program


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

The Financial Aid and Awards office provides students with options to help fund their educational costs. Scholarships and bursaries are two of the valuable resources available and provided by:

Durham College
External businesses and organizations
Individuals

SCHOLARSHIPS AND BURSARIES

Scholarships are awarded to students who have achieved:

Academic or personal excellence or a combination of both
Community involvement
Leadership
Bursaries are awarded based on financial need. Occasionally, there may be other requirements for qualification such as membership in a certain organization or enrolment in a specific program. Students must be in good academic standing to receive a bursary.


A brief description of any programs to guide parents of low-income students through the higher education experience:

Recruitment - reach out for info
START STrong - parent sessions
Open Houses


A brief description of any targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:

Financial aid presentations to highschool's - 40 school's/spring prior to OSAP session
in-depth workshops with groups


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

The Durham College Student Association runs a campus food bank for students in need.


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:

part-time canadian student loan program - OSAP


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:

Refer students to social service agencies
Durham College works with local community services agencies who provide subsidies to students in need who are attending school.


A brief description of other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:

Aboriginal Centre
Indigenous bursaries
Crown wards - grants for 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 71.70
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 100

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:
75

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

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