Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 41.01
Liaison Chad Carwein
Submission Date Feb. 14, 2017
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STARS v2.1

East Carolina University
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.86 / 4.00 Chad Carwein
University Sustainability Manager
HSC Facilities Services
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Does the institution have policies and programs 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:

Article IX, Section 9 of the NC State Constitution requires that the General Assembly shall provide that “the benefits of The University of North Carolina and other public institutions of higher education, as far as practicable, be extended to the people of the State free of expense.”

That constitutional mandate encourages a working compact among the state’s elected officials, taxpayers, and the University to deliver the University’s multifaceted mission at the highest levels of quality in a cost-effective manner without regard to a student’s ability to pay.


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

N/A


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

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions work closely with all students who has shown an interest in attending ECU especially those from low-income backgrounds. We offer the following programs for students to learn more about the college process:

Daily tour visits - includes an info session and a guided tour by an ECU Pirate Navigator

Fall Open House- learn about majors, scholarships, financial aid and the admissions process

MADE at ECU - Multicultural Appreciation Day Experience- This day is design for students of color and low income backgrounds to learn more about ECU through meeting with current students, faculty and staff. We also work closely with our campus partners who offer on-campus programs for this population of students.

We work closely with School Counselors who has identified students in need of additional assistance with the application process.

Our current students return to their home towns and share their college experience as well as admissions information.

We provide sessions within in school districts that target this population. In most cases we bring financial aid and other campus partners along to share with the families.


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

210 out of 725 scholarships offered by donors to ECU require a demonstrated need for financial aid. More information is available here: https://ecu.academicworks.com/opportunities?utf8=✓&term=&commit=Search


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

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions works closely with our territory managers (recruitment team) School Counselors, alumni, campus partners and community base groups to identify potential applicants from this back ground. We provide the students with information about applying and paying for college. These applicants most, of the time, are from our underrepresented population as well. We work closely with the groups by pairing them up with current students who shares their college experience with them via a phone call or email exchange. We also study the demographics within our applicant pool to determine where these student may be, so that we can provide additional assistance in those areas.

We have targeted communication (email or mailer) for this population of students. They receive information from time of application to decision on how to complete the application and pay for college.


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

N/A


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

A brief description of the institution’s scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:

N/A


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:

While there is an onsite child care facility, called the Nancy W. Darden Child Development Center, it is not intended to subsidize or provide financial support to help meet the child care needs of students. The NWD Child Development Center is an early childhood model training facility for the Department of Child Development and Family Relations at East Carolina University.

More information is available here: http://www.ecu.edu/cs-hhp/hdfs/ndcdc.cfm


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

N/A


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (tracking accessibility and affordability)? (If data is not available, select 'No'):
Yes

The percentage of entering students that are low-income (0-100):
60.80

The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):
46

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):
47.20

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):
32

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):
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data Sources:

Julie Poorman, Director of Financial Aid

Melonie Bryan, Director of Enrollment Services

Dave Meredith, Director of Undergraduate Admissions

Marybeth Corbin, Director of Student Affairs

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