Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.28
Liaison Ciara Tennis
Submission Date Nov. 3, 2022

STARS v2.2

Eastern Connecticut State University
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.41 / 4.00
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Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :
67.60

Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:
28.92

Percentage of entering students that are low-income:
34.23

Graduation/success rate for low-income students:
50.23

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

Eastern is partnered with the Hispanic Alliance of Southeastern Connecticut to offer scholarships to students from Latino communities in southeast Connecticut. Eastern will match Hispanic Alliance scholarships up to $2,500 for each recipient attending the university full time, so long as the recipient has financial need greater than or equal to the same. Matching funds will be awarded each spring for the upcoming academic year, with funds disbursed evenly across the fall and spring semesters. Recipients must maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA to be eligible for matching funds in the following year, and must reapply for the scholarship annually. In fall 2022, as many as six scholarships are expected to be awarded.
https://www.easternct.edu/news/_stories-and-releases/2022/05-may/eastern-announces-partnership-with-hispanic-alliance-of-southeastern-connecticut.html


A brief description of notable policies or programs to support non-traditional students:

Eastern Connecticut State University has emerged as the top institution for TheDream.US, the groundbreaking scholarship program to support undocumented students, enrolling more than 200 Opportunity Scholars from “locked-out” states that prevent them from attending college due to their immigration status. Opportunity Scholarships cover room, board and tuition for out-of-state students, whereas TheDream.US’ National Scholarship program covers tuition for in-state students who are undocumented.
https://www.easternct.edu/news/_stories-and-releases/2021/07-july1/eastern-is-top-university-for-opportunity-scholars.html


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:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s accessibility and affordability initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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FY21 data. Information for this credit provided by Chris Dorsey, Director of Enrollment Management in Admissions and Financial Aid, and Matt Hancock, Assistant Director of Planning and Institutional Research.

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