Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 72.32
Liaison Merry Rankin
Submission Date Aug. 29, 2022

STARS v2.2

Iowa State University
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.76 / 4.00 Gregory Forbes
Enrollment Research Team
Office of Student Financial Aid
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Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :

Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:

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

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 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
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.

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
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.

Hixson Opportunity Awards
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 notable policies or 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:

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
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.

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