Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 73.16
Liaison Ryan Ihrke
Submission Date July 29, 2011
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Green Mountain College
PAE-10: Affordability and Access Programs

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Bill Throop
Provost's Office
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Does the institution have policies and programs in place to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:

A brief description of the institution’s participation in federal TRIO programs:

A brief description of the institution’s policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students?:

The College provides a significant amount of need-based financial aid targeted at low income students. More than 30% of our students are eligible for Pell grants, which the College supplements with institutional grants. In 2010, the financial aid budget was reallocated to provide additional aid to low income students. Total institutional financial aid has increased 56% over the last five years.

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

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

The Calhoun Learning Center has developed a variety of programs to help students prepare to succeed in College. The PEAK program (Preparation for Educational Achievement and Knowledge) offered during students' first year provides an intensive set of skill building activities tailored to students' specific needs.

In addition the College offers several programs in the local schools to increase students' motivation to attend college and to develop their skills. Green Mountain is located in Rutland County, one of Vermont's poorest counties, with 11% of the population living below the poverty line. Through the DREAM mentoring program, Green Mountain students have worked extensively with Poultney elementary school students to increase their ambitions and engage them in learning.

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

Scholarship funds are weighted toward high-need students. See above information for more details.

A brief description of the institution’s programs to guide parents of low-income students through the higher education experience:

In 2011, Green Mountain's financial aid staff are developing a full service financial literacy program to assist students and their families in making decisions about funding education. This program is targeted at lower income families.

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

A brief description of the institution’s other admissions policies and programs:

Green Mountain has a four year graduation guarantee for students who meet standard expectations for number of credits passed each term. If student meets these standard conditions and cannot graduate in four years, the College covers the tuition for additional semesters.

For qualified graduates of Massachusetts community colleges, Green Mountain will make a private education affordable by providing institutional grants to make GMC's net tuition match the in-state tuition charged by UMASS-Amherst.

A brief description of the institution’s other financial aid polices or programs:

The College has provided eight to ten "Make-a-Difference" scholarships per year, which cover full tuition, room and board for students, most of whom have extremely high need and could not otherwise attend college.

A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs not covered above:

The Green Jobs Corp provides opportunities for more than fifty students to work for the College to offset education costs and to advance to positions managing other students, which have higher hourly wages.

The website URL where information about programs in each of the areas listed above is available:

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