Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 44.86
Liaison Elisabeth Reed
Submission Date Feb. 25, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Illinois State University
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 4.00 Gig Supanichrattana
Administrative Associate
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:

Example: http://financialaid.illinoisstate.edu/paying/#tabs-accord2
ISU offers programs and grants to assist our low-income students. Monetary Award Program grants, Career Links (through the state of Illinois and the ISU Access grant help to relieve the burden of furthering education. Additional grants and low interest loans are made available to students in particular sub-sets of groups (e.g. military). http://financialaid.illinoisstate.edu/grants/

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

Faculty and staff are always welcome to participate in any of the institution's training programs involving economic diversity, offered through the Diversity Advocacy office.

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

ISU used the Prairie State Achievement Exam to prepare students for higher education.


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

The Kay B. Wilson Scholarship for low income women majoring in mathematics.
Bansau Trust Fund for Special Education. For students in the Department of Special Education. Preference given to students with demonstrated financial need.
O. Lillian Barton awarded to a senior women in education with a demonstrated financial need.

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

The College of Business uses College Greenlight as an outreach program to reach students from low-income backgrounds. Greenlight’s 275,000 registered students come from its network of more than 1,200 college access organizations and other community based organizations (CBOs), who use the site to help their students research colleges, learn about new colleges, organize their college lists, and find scholarships to fund their education. In addition, organizations can use College Greenlight’s counselor tools to track and measure student progress. In the state of Illinois, Greenlight’s network includes more than 40,000 students and 130 organizations, including Chicago Scholars, One Goal, Collegiate Scholars Program, Illinois Tech Global Leaders Program, and ISAC.

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:

Illinois State has an on-site child care center for students at no or reduced costs, and partners with a local child care center for faculty and staff at a discounted rate.

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

Through the Dean of Student's Office, many resources are available to our non-traditional students.

Adult Learner Services
Association of Nontraditional Students in Higher Education
Bloomington Normal Public Transit System (Connect Transit)
Informational Brochure (pdf)
Nontraditional Student Resource Guide
Off-Campus Meal Plans
Off-Campus Housing Database
Redbird Express
Shelbourne Apartments
Veteran's Services
Women's Mentoring Network

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:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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.