Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 59.32
Liaison Lindsay Walker
Submission Date Oct. 14, 2016
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STARS v2.1

Humber College
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.45 / 4.00 Lindsay Walker
Sustainability Manager
Facilities Management
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Does the institution have policies and programs to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:

A brief description of any policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students:

Humber College is a publicly funded institution and as such maintains tuition rates that are affordable. Students have access to federal and provincial student aid programs (OSAP), which include grants for students from low-income and middle income families.
Humber also offers scholarships and bursaries to students each year, of which many are directed specifically towards students in financial need.

The Ontario Work-Study Program is a special program that gives students a chance to work part-time on campus. A variety of employment opportunities, such as computer labs, Student Residence, Registrar’s Office, Peer Tutoring, Athletics, Library, Campus Tours, and academic offices, exist for students on campus that demonstrate financial need and are in satisfactory academic standing.

Humber has designated a portion of the tuition funds to assist Continuing Education (CE) students who have a proven financial need. This bursary assists CE students who are experiencing financial hardship.

A brief description of any 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:

Humber’s Financial Aid Office offers A Student’s Guide for Financial Aid Services, which provides information on how the Ontario Student Assistance Program works, additional avenues for financial assistance and financial planning & budgeting tips.

In addition, the department of Student Success and Engagement runs the Transition & Advising Program (TAP), which is a mentoring and advising resource developed to assist students that are the first in their immediate family to attend college or university. The program teaches participants valuable skills to help them achieve their personal and academic goals at Humber.

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

Humber has implemented a number of scholarships to assist students with the costs of postsecondary education. Scholarships primarily recognize and reward academic excellence, although extracurricular activities, community involvement, and financial need may also be considered. Humber offers several different types, including:
- Academic Scholarships
- Entrance Scholarships
- Study Abroad Scholarships
- Ontario Trust for Student Support (OTSS) and Ontario Student Trust Fund (OSOTFII) Scholarships
- Degree Scholarships

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

A brief description of the institution’s other policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:

Does the institution have policies and programs to support non-traditional students?:

A brief description of the institution’s scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:

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:

Humber College has two daycare centers that are designed to accommodate the child care needs of students, staff and community members. Subsidized childcare is available by application through the Toronto Children's Services.

A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (tracking accessibility and affordability)? (If data is not available, select 'No'):

The percentage of entering students that are low-income (0-100):

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

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):

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):

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):

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

For the calculation of graduation rate for low income students:
For this exercise we used the data from the 2015-16 KPI Graduation Rate that was submitted to the Ministry. The Ministry’s definition of a successful graduate is similar to Stars’s definition with the exception of the time period allowed to complete a program. The Ministry allows 200% for all programs except degrees which 175%. Also, preparatory one year programs are calculated separately from all other programs, but we have included them below.

For 2015-16, we submitted 10,701 students, 6,800 were graduates and 3901 were non-graduates. The total number of students that received OSAP was 4,986 of which 3,080 graduated and 1,906 didn’t.

OSAP grads vs. total grads
3080 /6800 = 45.3%

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.