Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.09
Liaison Merry Rankin
Submission Date Aug. 30, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Iowa State University
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.04 / 4.00 Gregory Forbes
Enrollment Research Team
Office of Student Financial Aid
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Does the institution have policies and programs to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:
Yes

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

TRIO
https://www.studentaffairs.iastate.edu/trio/
The TRIO programs at Iowa State University include four outreach and support programs targeted to help disadvantaged students progress from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs. Programs offered at Iowa State include Educational Talent Search, Upward Bound, Student Support Services, and Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement.

Summer Internship Scholarships
https://las.iastate.edu/students/scholarships/
The College of Liberal Arts and Science awards scholarships to qualified US Latino/a Studies majors or minors who plan to participate in an approved internship focused on Iowa’s Latinx communities. Award recipients will have distinguished themselves through superior academic achievement in Latino/a Studies course work that has prepared them for a local experience in diversity, inclusion, education, and social work in Iowa’s Latino/a communities.


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

Iowa State University programs equip the University's faculty and staff to better serve students from low income backgrounds. These programs actively engage faculty and staff and, in many cases, Iowa State University students in a variety of ways from traditional classroom settings to informal learning environments such as workshops, research opportunities, career exploration/job shadowing, mentoring, tutoring, advising (academic, career, financial, etc.), community services, participation on committees, recruitment, and more. The following programs are all involved in this effort:

Educational Talent Search
https://www.studentaffairs.iastate.edu/educational-talent-search/
Upward Bound
https://www.studentaffairs.iastate.edu/trio/upward-bound/
Student Support Services
https://www.studentaffairs.iastate.edu/trio/student-support-services/
Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement
https://www.mcnair.iastate.edu/
Science Bound and Project Seed
http://www.sciencebound.iastate.edu/


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

Hixson Opportunity Awards
https://www.hixson.dso.iastate.edu/
The Hixson Opportunity Awards are scholarships available to incoming freshman with financial need. All recipients take The Hixson Seminar (University Studies 101), which provides an introduction to life and resources at Iowa State University and an orientation to the functions of the Hixson Program. The seminar helps Hixson Scholars adjust to college life, develop better self-understanding, and gain more knowledge about their learning processes. The course provides a support system for examining difficulties associated with the first-year college experience in an atmosphere that is less formal than traditional college courses.

Latino Family Visit Days
https://www.admissions.iastate.edu/visit/latino_family_visit.php
The Latino/a Family Visit Day is an event hosted by The Iowa State Chapter of Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity Inc. in collaboration with the Office of Admissions. This day is designed to give students and their families a chance to learn about the opportunities and services available to our Latino/a students. Throughout the visit day, participants will be able to learn about different student organizations and resources on campus, explore the campus, meet with staff, and hear from current students about their experiences as a Latino/a student on campus. This visit day will be completely in Spanish.

Multicultural Student Experience Day
https://www.admissions.iastate.edu/visit/multicultural_visit.php
Is designed to students and families a chance to learn about the opportunities and services available to multicultural students, including information about scholarships, student organizations, internships, the admissions process, and the opportunity to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on site.

Science Bound
http://www.sciencebound.iastate.edu/
Science Bound is Iowa State University’s pre-college program designed to meet our state and national need for a technical workforce by increasing the number of ethnically diverse Iowa students who earn ASTEM (agricultural, scientific, technical, engineering and mathematics) degrees. Our program draws students with potential from middle and high schools in the Des Moines, Denison, and Marshalltown communities. In-service teachers champion the program at the district level while Iowa State University staff provide the vision and support for program implementation. Students who successfully complete the high school program, meet admission requirements to Iowa State University and pursue a technical degree at ISU receive a full tuition scholarship from the university.

ISU 4U Promise
https://www.hs.iastate.edu/isu4u/
The ISU 4U Promise is a partnership between King and Moulton elementary schools and Iowa State University to promote college-going in these schools. In addition, students who complete fifth grade at King or Moulton elementary school will be eligible for tuition awards to Iowa State University.

Urban Ecosystem Project
https://research.hs.iastate.edu/urban-ecosystem-project/
This project, piloted by Dr. Katherine Richardson Bruna and Dr. Lyric Bartholomay, has an overarching goal of promoting authentic science, ambitious teaching, and orientation to science pursuits among elementary students. participating in a university-school-community partnership promise program through inquiry focused on mosquitoes and human health. Their long-term goal is to interrupt the reproduction of educational and health disparities in a low-income, urban context and to support historically-excluded youth in their trajectories toward science.

Upward Bound
https://www.studentaffairs.iastate.edu/trio/upward-bound/
Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelors degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rates at which participants enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education by providing appropriate academic, cultural, and social programs that develop the skills, attitudes, and motivation necessary for post-secondary education.


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

Iowa State University offers several scholarships to low-income students, including the Roy J. Carver Scholarship Program. Twenty awards are available to applicants with great potential and promise who have to work hard to make ends meet, or who are faced with significant social and economic obstacles in their lives. Selection is based on academic merit, potential in field of study, financial need, and the consideration of extenuating circumstances that present challenges to obtaining a degree (http://www.financialaid.iastate.edu/scholarships/view.php?id=181).

In addition, the Office of Student Financial Aid offers the ISU Grant, which is available to students with a demonstrated financial need (https://www.financialaid.iastate.edu/grants/isu-grant/).

The Hixson Opportunity Awards are four-year scholarships available to 100 incoming freshman with financial need that have overcome a personal or financial hardship (https://www.hixson.dso.iastate.edu/).

Finally, students can also apply for a Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) Grant. These awards target students with a substantial financial need (http://www.financialaid.iastate.edu/grants/leap.php).


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

Upward Bound:
https://www.studentaffairs.iastate.edu/trio/upward-bound/
Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a Bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rates at which participants enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education. Upward Bound is a college preparatory program for first-generation and/or income-eligible high school students. It is designed to prepare youth for education beyond high school by providing appropriate academic, cultural, and social programs that develop the skills, attitudes, and motivation necessary for post-secondary education.

Educational Talent Search:
https://www.studentaffairs.iastate.edu/educational-talent-search/
Iowa State University TRIO Educational Talent Search (ETS) is a college preparatory program funded by the US Department of Education. The goal of ETS is to increase the likelihood that participants graduate from high school and enroll in college. This goal is accomplished by providing participants with academic, financial aid and personal counseling through monthly school visits. ETS serves 1000 students in grades 6-12 in 5 central Iowa school districts. ETS Advisers work with school counselors and teachers to identify qualified youth who have the potential for college success.

Scholarship Programs:
https://www.admissions.iastate.edu/scholarships/
- Recruitment efforts for specific scholarships occurs through outreach to high school guidance counselors, ISU Extension, and Admissions e-blasts to identified populations.


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

The Iowa State University Office of Student Financial Aid incorporates into its ISU Financial Aid Code of Conduct the following principles and standards: Support efforts to encourage students, as early as the elementary grades, to aspire to and plan for education beyond high school. Educate students and families through quality consumer information. Respect the dignity and protect the privacy of students, and ensure the confidentiality of student records and personal circumstances. Ensure equity by applying all need analysis formulas consistently across the institution's full population of student financial aid applicants. Provide services that do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, age, or economic status.

Student Loan Education Office
https://www.loaneducation.iastate.edu/
The Office of Student Financial Aid also provides comprehensive personal finance advising through the Student Loan Education Office. The office's mission is to improve the overall financial health of Iowa State University students through personal finance counseling that includes budgeting, debt management, credit scores basics, and student loan counseling.


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

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

Iowa State awards thousands of scholarships each year for incoming students. In addition to all full-time students, part-time students have the opportunity to apply for the majority of these scholarship opportunities.


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:

The Office of ISU Child Care & Family Resources supports all families on the Iowa State University campus and in the surrounding community. We offer collaborative services, programs, and resources to assist in enhancing the family unit of students, faculty,staff, and community members. Multiple financial assistance programs are available to assist students with child care expenses (https://childcare.hr.iastate.edu/financial-assistance).


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

Non-traditional students who fail to meet standard freshmen admission requirements are given individual consideration as the traditional measures of high school performance may not accurately reflect academic potential.

Scholarship Support
The Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity administers three scholarships for adult and non-traditional students:
https://sloss.dso.iastate.edu/scholarships-and-awards

The Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity Adult Student Scholarship Fund provides adult students at Iowa State with scholarships designed to cover the cost of books and supplies for one semester.

The Lee Hadley Scholarship is offered to students who must be full-time, non-traditional, single parent Iowa residents with demonstrable financial need, with preference given to students who identify as a first-generation learner, ethnic minority, and students whose majors include a creative writing component.

The Rosenthal Scholarship is offered to students who must be full-time, non-traditional single mothers with demonstrable financial need, with preference given to students who identify as first-generation learners and/or ethnic minorities.

Veterans Support
At Iowa State, we recognize that Veterans may have unique issues. Our goal is to assist Veterans in making a smooth transition into student life through coordinated support efforts.

Our veteran support programs are in many offices across campus. In each one of these offices, you can find a person who specializes in the needs of Veterans:
•The Academic Success Center can help on an individual or group basis with supplemental learning and tutoring services.
•Student Counseling Services is a primary mental health agency for students on the Iowa State campus offering confidential consultation services and online resources.
•Student Disability Resources is responsible for coordinating reasonable accommodations for Iowa State students with documented disabilities.
•Student Assistance and Outreach is where you go for help or when the unexpected occurs in your life, their staff are available to provide support and information about university resources.
•The Veterans Center is your home to many resources and your community. Start here if you are uncertain where to go with issues related to Veterans, military personnel or family members.
•The Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success provides programs, services, and resources focused on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression for students at Iowa State University.
•Multicultural Student Affairs advocates for and supports ISU's domestic students who self-identify as African American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian American, Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Latinx, and/or Multiracial.
•Student Legal Services is staffed by two attorneys who advise and often represent students in a variety of cases and are available for consultation with respect to most legal matters.
•Writing and Media Center is here to help students become stronger writers and communicators by offering one-on-one conferences for students from all disciplines who are working on any form of written, oral, visual, or electronic communication.

LGBTQIA+ Support
Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success
https://center.dso.iastate.edu
The Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success develops academic and personal success, community, and leadership for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual, and allied students.


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

The percentage of entering students that are low-income (0-100):
18.10

The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):
66.70

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):
78

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):
41

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