Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 36.28
Liaison Claire Rodgers
Submission Date June 28, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
3.10 / 4.00
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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:

Olin considers itself pretty supportive of high-need low-income students. All students receive the Olin Tuition Scholarship, which covers half of their tuition for 8 semesters. In addition to this scholarship, Olin also meets 100% of demonstrated financial need for US citizens and permanent residents as demonstrated through the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Olin’s admission process is both holistic (meaning that we consider a variety of factors when making admission decisions rather than relying solely on grades and test scores) and need-blind (meaning that we do not take students’ financial need into consideration when making admission decisions).

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

This is not currently a part of Olin's efforts, but the newly hired Rame Hanna hopes to include this in future training sessions. This is currently done on a case-by-case basis, but there has been nothing formal until this point.

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 Admission & Financial aid works with families to ensure that our application and enrollment process does not present a financial barrier (by providing travel assistance for Candidates’ Weekend and admitted student visits, accepting fee waivers to cover application fees, etc.).

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

There is nothing specific for low-income students but all Olin students receive a scholarship for half of tuition and 100% of their demonstrated need through FAFSA.

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

The admissions councilors visit with students and their counselors at Community Based Organizations and schools when they travel. Additional programs were started after the performance year.

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

For candidates' weekend, a crucial part of the admissions process, there is an on-campus interview and the opportunity to meet with the financial aid office. Travel can be reimbursed.

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:

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:

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

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:

Rame Hanna, Director of Diversity, a recent hire, Rae-Anne Butera, Dean of Student Life, and Jeremy Goodman, Assistant Provost for Institutional Research and Decision Support, were data sources.
Alia Georges, Admissions

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