Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 71.65
Liaison Laura Bain
Submission Date Jan. 19, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Furman University
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.81 / 4.00 Laura Bain
Associate Director of Sustainability Assessment
David E. Shi Center for Sustainability
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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:

Furman University meets 100% of the demonstrated need of students who enter Furman from the Bridges to a Brighter Future program.


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

Any Furman Faculty or Staff that are first-generation college graduates are provided a "first generation" t-shirt and encouraged to wear them on the same day to show solidarity and support for our first-generation students.


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

Bridges to a Brighter Future is a nationally awarded comprehensive college access program for Greenville County, South Carolina high school and college students 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:

The Lay Scholarship, valued at full tuition, fees, room, and board, is awarded to low-income freshmen admits. Furman awards two of these scholarships per entering class and those scholarships continue through the students' senior years.


A brief description of the institution’s targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:
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A brief description of the institution’s other policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:
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Does the institution have policies and programs to support non-traditional students?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:
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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:
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A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:
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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):
14.40

The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):
75

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):
81.30

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):
60.80

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:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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