Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 64.43
Liaison Jessica Davis
Submission Date Nov. 4, 2016
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Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.49 / 4.00 John Murray
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Does the institution have policies and programs in place 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:

According to the College Navigator website, 83% of IUPUI’s full-time beginning students received some type of financial aid in Fall 2014 with 42% of them receiving Pell Grants. 56% of all IUPUI undergraduates received grants or scholarships that term while 54% received federal student loans. As such, IUPUI recognizes the need to provide all the assistance it can in helping students with need overcome perceived and real hurdles in paying for their education.

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

o As a large institution in a downtown setting with the majority of our students living off-campus, IUPUI recognizes that many of our students may have challenges attending on a full-time basis. Students may need to continue to work while pursuing their studies and/or have family or other commitments that make finding time to go to school challenging. IUPUI offers extremely flexible course scheduling, including teaching seven days a week, short courses, teaching off-campus, and through distance education.
o The Office of Student Financial Services offers periodic information and training sessions on the general processes and program availability for representatives of our schools who may learn of student concerns in an academic advising session or visit to their office. One example is the importance of students maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress.
o Beyond Financial Aid
o IUPUI Financial Wellness Council

A brief description of any programs to prepare students from low-income backgrounds for higher education:

o IUPUI hosts an Upward Bound program as part of Indiana TRIO.
o IUPUI has initiated increased focus on financial literacy and making informed financial decisions by establishing a Financial Wellness Committee to identify the initiatives currently in place and identify actions to better serve our students.
o IUPUI 21st Century Scholars Program - Stewarding Low Income Students
To develop transformational students, the organizational climate needs transformational leaders
o IUPUI Emergency Grant and Loan Program
o Student Affair Resources
-Paws Pantry - student-run food pantry for low income students
-Off Campus Housing Services - identify more affordable housing near campus
-Student Advocate Services - strives to listen carefully to your concerns, explain relevant policies and procedures, discuss possible courses of action, and provide guidance, while respecting students' rights to privacy within the confines of the law and university policy.
-Student Financial Services - provides assistance with student financial concerns
-Connect2Help - facilitate connections between people who need human services and those who provide them
-IUPUI Student Health Services - In order to reduce the burden on students, we have implemented a Fee Reduction
process. Students who meet any of the following criteria may quality for a fee
reduction: No insurance; Insurance for which CH does not bill (e.g. Medicare or Medicaid); Demonstration of Financial Need (based on Estimated Financial need as
determined by IUPUI Student Financial Services)
o Scholar Cents - offers year round financial literacy programming

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

In 2008, IUPUI established a $2.1 million annual need-based program to help pay college expenses for every eligible incoming freshman who has received a state 21st Century Scholar award or a federal Pell grant. This was the largest such amount in campus-history and recognizes the diminishing purchasing power of federal and state aid. Examples of our need-based scholarships are the IUPUI 21st Century Scholar grant and the IUPUI Pell Pledge grant.

IUPUI 21st Century Scholar. This grant is designed to help meet the remaining financial need for 21st Century Scholars who enroll full time at IUPUI.
• The State of Indiana’s 21st Century Scholars program was established in 1990 to ensure that every student can afford a college education. Income-eligible 7th and 8th graders who enroll in the program and fulfill a pledge of good citizenship are guaranteed to receive up to four years of undergraduate tuition at any participating public college or university in Indiana.

IUPUI Pell Pledge
• The grant is designed to supplement the Federal Pell Grant. It is calculated as $7,080 (average annual cost of tuition and general fee at IUPUI) minus fee remissions, scholarships, federal and state grants; with the award range between $100 - $1,000 for the academic year.

A brief description of any programs to guide parents of low-income students through the higher education experience:

IUPUI recognizes that approximately 40% of our beginning freshmen are first-generation students. As a result, both they and their parents need additional information and support in exploring and pursuing higher education. This includes academics and how to pay for college along with housing and student life.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions reaches out to parents through both its Parents Central website but also through off-campus programs and expanded office hours, including Saturday mornings.

In addition to its usual community outreach efforts (College Aid nights, etc.) the Office of Student Financial Services offers special sessions at Orientation for the parents of new students.

A brief description of any targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:

o IUPUI has a number of offices involved with different aspects of recruiting potential students and supporting them not only through the matriculation process, but throughout their enrollment at the university. These include:
 Talent Alliance
 Educational Success Program
 Assistant Admissions Director for Latino & Hispanic Recruitment
 Office of Diversity Access and Achievement
 Office of Diversity , Equity & Inclusion
 Diversity-related programs at IUPUI (undergraduate, graduate, and professional students)
 Multicultural Success Center

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

o IUPUI recognizes that low-income students often find taking the initial step of applying beyond their reach due to having to pay an application fee. We address this through offering an application fee waiver for qualified students as well as a waiver of the enrollment deposit.

Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program
 The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program is aimed at talented students who are motivated to excel in academics, love research and are eager to work closely with faculty mentors on independent research projects to prepare for doctoral studies. Students entering their junior or senior years who qualify as underrepresented, low-income and/or first-generation college students may participate.

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

o As noted above, IUPUI recognizes that students, especially those who are first-generation and from low-income households, need additional information and support in making the best decisions in terms of how to fund their education. For this reason we have created a number of additional programs and offices to help serve students and their families.
 The Office of Student Financial Services offers a number of resources and services, including:
• CashCourse to help with personal finances including budgeting
• Online tutorials in helping navigate the student’s university account
• Student Loan Debt Management to aid students in planning for and manage their loans and repayment
 An emergency loan program is available to students with significant need in meeting surprise expenses that arise in their lives that may negatively affect their ability to attend classes.
 IU has recently established a university-wide Office of Financial Literacy and a MoneySmarts program for all students. This office will develop additional programs and resources to help students gain a better understanding of this important area. http://moneysmarts.iu.edu/about/index.shtml

A brief description of other policies and programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students not covered above:

o A number of IUPUI schools offer programs targeting low-income students. Examples include:
 Summer Research Opportunity Program
 Diversity Research Scholar Program
o IUPUI understands that even with the various types of scholarships and financial aid we help make available, some students will still find difficulty in funding their education. One approach we have taken is to establish a partnership with Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana’s community college system. This partnership was established over twenty years ago with a goal of providing the greatest possible access to post-secondary education by IUPUI becoming the first public senior institution in the state to accept transfer credit from Ivy Tech. This program has served as a model for the rest of the state’s senior institutions.

Beyond expanding access and easing the student’s path to an eventual baccalaureate degree, the partnership also allows students to complete a significant portion of their studies at a lower cost due to the lower tuition rates charged by Ivy Tech. This means that students who need to borrow to pursue their studies can reduce any eventual loan debt they will incur. As part of the agreement, IUPUI and Ivy Tech have collaborated on helping students pursuing their degree at one institution use their aid while taking a course at the other, avoiding a barrier that many students otherwise would face in trying to take classes concurrently at both institutions.

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

A brief description of any scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:

Adult Outstanding Scholarship
Up to $1,000
Motivated adult (30+) returning students with at least 12 credit hours and a minimum GPA of 3.3 in all courses since returning, who are working towards their first baccalaureate degree.

Jonathan A. Carter Memorial Scholarship
Up to $500
This scholarship is designated for part-time returning and/or non-traditional male students who may not otherwise qualify for financial assistance. Students must exhibit qualities of caring for others, desire to succeed and a strong work ethic. Preference will be given to a student majoring in business. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Senior Academy Scholarship for Returning Students
Up to $3,000
The Senior Academy at IUPUI has established a scholarship program designed to partially support tuition and books for students who, for some reason, dropped out of college-level status for at least 3 years and are now planning to enroll at IUPUI in order to complete their first undergraduate degree. The applicant must not have enrolled in any college-level courses during the three years prior to enrolling at IUPUI. Applications will be reviewed and the awardee selected by the Senior Academy Scholarship Committee. Applicants must (1) meet regular re-admission requirements to IUPUI, (2) have had a grade point average of at least 2.00 on a 4.00 scale from previous college credits, and (3) agree to enroll for at least 6 credit hours per semester. The applicant must also submit 1 letter of recommendation and complete an essay on your academic goals, community service, and why your experience during your absence from school will enhance your successful completion of your academic goals.

Women's Rotary Club of Indianapolis Scholarship
Non-traditional females returning after 3 years or more, enrolled at IUPUI for the academic year for education and preparation for re-entry into the job market and/or starting a new career are eligible to apply. Applicant must be 25 years or older. Contact Women’s Studies for more information at (317) 274-7611.

Altrusa Scholarship
The Altrusa Foundation of Indianapolis, Inc. Scholarship is open to full or part-time non-traditional adult students, ten or more years since high school, who have completed at least 42 credit hours with a minimum 2.7 GPA and who are in good academic standing. Applicants must be seeking a certificate or under-graduate degree and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident of Central Indiana (Marion and its 8 surrounding counties). The selection is based on financial need and academic potential.

See all here: http://scholarships.iupui.edu/returning/returninglistings.html and http://scholarships.iupui.edu/continuing/additionalres.html

A brief description of any onsite child care facilities, partnerships with local facilities, and/or subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of students:

IUPUI Center for Young Children
The Center for Young Children is located on the IUPUI campus in downtown Indianapolis. The Center provides child care and early childhood education for the University's diverse population as well as the general public and is also a supportive unit of IUPUI. The center is licensed through the state of Indiana. All of the children are encouraged and guided by experienced, degreed and professional teachers. Being part of the University, the Center also acts as a research and training site where students can put textbook theory to practice and faculty can investigate areas of early childhood development and family issues. CYC provides a safe and caring environment that promotes learning and child development. CYC offers year round programs for children ages 6 weeks - 5 years and also programs for school age children during the summer months.
Website: http://www.childcare.iupui.edu/

A brief description of other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:

Office of Transfer Student Services: http://transfer.iupui.edu/
Association for Non-Traditional Students: https://theden.iupui.edu/organization/ANTS

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (accessibility and affordability indicators)?:

Indicators that the institution is accessible and affordable to low-income students::
Percentage (0-100)
The percentage of entering students that are low-income 26
The graduation/success rate for low-income students 70
The percentage of student financial need met, on average 95
The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt 58

The percentage of students that participate in or directly benefit from the institution’s policies and programs to support low-income and non-traditional students:

The website URL where information about the institution's affordability and access programs is available:


IUPUI Student Demographics
University College total enrollment for fall 2015 was 6,372 down from 6,953 in fall 2014. Part of the decline in total UC enrollment is due to the fact that more students are making a successful transition to their school of major. Additionally, UC has mplemented policies a procedures to make sure students are gaining satisfactory progress toward gaining admittance into a degree-granting school. For example, the 56 Credit Hour Policy ensures that students who have met or exceeded 56 IU GPA credit hours (including transfer credit hours, if any) and are not making satisfactory academic
progress in their major are strongly advised to pursue another major. Students with established majors must take only courses related to their major that are required for admittance into their degree school. Below are the demographics of IUPUI students as well as the demographics of UC students.

UC students tend to be slightly less academic prepared, more diverse (more likely to be African American) and younger than the overall IUPUI
population of undergraduates.
Fall 2015 IUPUI (Indianapolis Only) First-Time, Full-Time Students
• 3,444 first-time, full-time students (only 5%/ 178 part-time)
o 2,151 (59%) University College admits
o 1,471 (41%) dual admits/direct-school admits
• 40 (1%) admitted conditionally
• 18 (.05%) 25 years of age or older
• 3,429 (95%) Indiana residents
• 105 (3%) international students
• 265 (7%) African American
• 280 (8%) Latino
• 42% received a Pell Grant (Fall 2014)
• 741 (21%) Twenty First Century Scholars (received state money)
• 1,138 (35%) first-generation students (neither parent attended college)
• 1,444 (40%) live in campus housing
• 291 (8%) enrolled in the IUPUI Honors College
• 64% attempted 15 or more credit hours in the first semester
• 3,371 (93%) students participated in first-year seminars.1534
University College students participated.
• 877 (27%) participated in a themed learning community.
• 937 (26%) participated in the Summer Bridge Program

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.