|Overall Rating||Silver - expired|
|Submission Date||Aug. 1, 2011|
Illinois Institute of Technology
PAE-10: Affordability and Access Programs
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Federal Compliance Officer and Assistant Director
Office of Financial Aid
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?:
Please see a list of the need-based scholarship programs below. Please note that these scholarships were developed within the last three years at IIT to address the economic barriers that many of our students encounter when seeking a college education. It was our goal in creating these scholarships to make an IIT education affordable for anyone who wanted to obtain one, especially those students from low-income families.
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:
Boeing Scholars Program
The Boeing Scholars Academy at Illinois Institute of Technology is a free, year-round educational enrichment program that provides up to 100 high-achieving Chicago-area juniors and seniors per year the opportunity to immerse themselves in the academic and hands-on experiences in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). The academy provides summer academic programming on IIT's main Campus; workshops, seminars, and field trips during the school year; college and career advising; and leadership skills training and grant competitions. In addition, mentorship support from IIT faculty and undergraduates, as well as STEM professionals, allows Boeing Scholars to gain broader awareness of undergraduate, advanced-degree, and career opportunities in these areas.
Explore STEM+ at IIT
Explore STEM+ at IIT is a new opportunity for Chicago are high school students to experience all these areas and more through FREE, hands-on workshops at Illinois Institute of Technology! Explore STEM+ at IIT is a great program for both students and teachers. All workshops engage multiple disciplines and are designed to be challenging for yet accessible to all levels of high school students. Additionally, all workshops are aligned with Illinois State Board of Education and National Learning Standards, and attending teachers will be provided with related follow-up activities to bring back to their classrooms.
Summer Exelon Institute
The Exelon Summer Institute for First-Year Students is a rigorous four-week, academic and community-building summer program for admitted IIT first year students. The program reviews mathematics, chemistry, and physics, and helps students explore their intended academic majors through reading, writing, and discussion. In addition, students engage in small group learning activities and workshops designed to develop their analytical thinking and communication skills. These endeavors help students to thrive during their academic careers at IIT. Extra-curricular activities include field trips to organizations and institutions as well as opportunities to build social networks and faculty connections. This program offers a rich educational experience that prepares students to become leaders both on campus and in the increasingly diverse global society. The program is offered free and at no cost to the student or family; housing for the duration of the program is optional, and provided on a first-come first-served basis.
A brief description of the institution's scholarships for low-income students:
Collens Scholars Program --- IIT offers the opportunity to be a Collens Scholar to Chicago Public School seniors who meet IIT's admission requirements and whose parents (or legal guardians) have an income of less than $45,000 per year. The Collens Scholarship offers eligible CPS graduates the opportunity to attend IIT with full financial support for all tuition, books and fees.
STEM+ Scholarship --- The STEM+ Scholarship is a need-based scholarship aimed at creating access and opportunity for exceptional high school students from the City of Chicago and the Greater Chicagoland Area. The scholarship amount varies based on Family Adjusted Gross Income (FAGI). FAGI of less than $45,000 awards a full tuition scholarship, allowance for books and fees, and a partial housing scholarship (current value of $36,863). FAGI of $45-85,000 awards a $17,000 tuition scholarship and a $2,500 housing scholarship. Further FAGI ranges are also available.
Title IV Federal Financial Aid --- IIT awards federal financial aid to all eligible students based on need as determined by the Department of Education. Awards may include the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity(FSEOG) Grant, the Academic Competitiveness(ACG) Grant, the National Science and Mathematics to Retain Talent (SMART) Grant, Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Direct Subsidized Loans and Federal Work Study.
State of Illinois Grant Aid --- IIT awards State of Illinois grant aid to all eligible students based on need as determined by the Department of Education and the State of Illinois. Awards may include the Monetary Award Program (MAP) Grant, the Illinois Future Teacher (IFTC) Program Grant, and the Silas Purnell Illinois Incentive (IIA) Grant.
A brief description of the institution’s programs to guide parents of low-income students through the higher education experience:
No formal programs, though financial aid has been partnering with Undergraduate Admissions during outreach events to speak with families about how to afford a college education, with an emphasis on how to afford an IIT education.
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:
A brief description of the institution’s other financial aid polices or programs:
--- 97% of IIT students receive some form of merit-based or need-based financial aid
--- Low interest rate institutional loans are offered to students on a basis of need
A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs not covered above:
The website URL where information about programs in each of the areas listed above is available:
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