Overall Rating Expired
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Liaison Laura Bain
Submission Date Jan. 26, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Furman University
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Yancey Fouche
Associate Director
Shi Center for Sustainability
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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:
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A brief description of any programs to equip the institution’s faculty and staff to better serve students from low-income backgrounds:
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A brief description of any programs to prepare students from low-income backgrounds for higher education:

Bridges to a Brighter Future is a comprehensive college access program for Greenville County, South Carolina high school and college students who have potential but whose potential outdistances their circumstances. The program’s ambitious mission is to break the cycle of poverty and low-educational attainment by equipping students with the tools and support needed to graduate from high school, and enroll and graduate from college. Bridges to a Brighter Future accomplishes its mission by engaging students in an intensive seven-year program beginning after ninth grade and ending at college graduation. It is a comprehensive program that transforms students’ lives by building academic success, self-confidence, resiliency, leadership, and character.


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

Furman United is a two-year program created to help students in the wake of the nation's recession. The goal is to ensure that every student who began their academic career at Furman would have the opportunity to graduate from this school. Furman United has assisted more than 165 students.


A brief description of any programs to guide parents of low-income students through the higher education experience:
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A brief description of any targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:
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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:
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Does the institution have policies and programs in place to support non-traditional students?:
No

A brief description of any scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:
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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:
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A brief description of other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:
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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 14.20
The graduation/success rate for low-income students 78
The percentage of student financial need met, on average 60
The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt 57

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