Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.28
Liaison Michelle Seppala Gibbs
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

Hope College
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.87 / 4.00 Michelle Gibbs
Office of Sustainability
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Institutional grants are offered to students with financial need.

Our planning has responded to external factors by creating the Care Pantry, which specifically responds to increased food insecurity among college students. In May 2020, Hope opened the Keeping Hope Care Pantry to respond to the food needs of approximately 50 students - primarily international students - who remained on campus during our COVID shutdown. Members of the campus and Holland community responded with donations of food and cash to keep the pantry open through the summer of 2020. Recognizing an ongoing need among our students with food insecurity, Hope formalized the Care Pantry. The pantry serves approximately 10-20 students each week. In 2021 a $30,000 gift from the Planseon Foundation was received and at this time, the Care Pantry is funded primarily through this source with additional monetary and food items coming from Hope staff and faculty who want to continue giving to our students. An additional request to this funding source is planned. Starting in the Spring of 2023 our Food Recover Network Chapter student volunteers have been working with the dining services team and getting fresh food from the dining halls to the Care Pantry.

A brief description of notable policies or programs to support non-traditional students:

We have two endowed scholarships that are intended for non-traditional students.

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Every resource at Hope College is directed toward providing an experience that inspires you to be fully alive in mind, body and spirit.
This focus has earned the College recognition as a Best Value by Kiplinger's Personal Finance and Forbes’ Top Colleges, and inclusion in such books as Colleges That Change Lives and Putting Students First.

In 2021 Hope College launched HOPE FORWARD
Hope Forward is a new way of thinking about how to fund higher education. Based entirely on generosity and giving, the innovative business model seeks to provide fully-funded tuition for every student at Hope College.
Not only will this change the lives of our students for generations to come, we believe that Hope Forward has the power to inspire change across the entire landscape of higher education in America. Instead of charging tuition before students receive their Hope education, our “pay it forward” approach will ask students to give back to the college after they graduate — providing the same opportunity for future students. And because they will graduate free from the burden of debt, our students will be better positioned to pursue lives of impact.

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