Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.70
Liaison David Gibson
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Hampshire College
PA-7: Affordability and Access

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Complete 2.29 / 4.00 David Gibson
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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:

Hampshire has a generous financial aid program with one of the lowest student indebtedness rates of peer institutions, and a zero percent student default rate.

We waive the application fee for students who apply online.


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

Hampshire does not have 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 guide and prepare students and families from low-income backgrounds for higher education:

A transition year for the Baldwin Scholars Program (fully paid). Students receive support in developing the skills necessary to succeed in college. With the completion of the Baldwin year, they can either matriculate as a Hampshire student (receiving credit for the work completed during the Baldwin year) or transfer into another college or university.

The Baldwin Year http://www.hampshire.edu/academics/Baldwin-Year.htm


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

Hampshire offers generous merit scholarships and need-based grants to supplement assistance from federal and state sources.


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

Hampshire does extensive travel each year to high schools, to college fairs and to community-based organizations. We do targeted travel to both urban centers and rural areas where we recruit students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, and we return to major cities after travel season for most colleges ends to do interviews for students who are unable to travel to campus. We have overnight visit programs each fall and spring that provide travel allowances to students who need help.


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):
27

The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):
59

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):
93

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):
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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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