Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 46.94
Liaison Tanya Roberts
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2020
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Durham College
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.78 / 4.00 Chris Rocha
Director, Financial Aid & Awards
Financial Aid
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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:

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 (4.5 million dollars in 2019 - number is based on enrollment) On Campus Employment Program
Enriched Academy – Online Financial Literacy Modules (see attachment)

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

• START Strong transition's program
• Financial Aid webinars for students and parents
• Financial Aid office offers Financing Your Education Information Nights where we present about government student assistance programs (OSAP) and other options of financial assistance for students entering post-secondary study.
• 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 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 the institution’s 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 the institution’s other policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:

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

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:

part-time canadian student loan program - OSAP

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:

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 the institution’s other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:

• Aboriginal Centre
• Indigenous bursaries
• Crown wards – Living & Learning grants for students
• Rise Program

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:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.