Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 78.07
Liaison Linsey Edmunds
Submission Date March 4, 2021

STARS v2.2

Keene State College
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.11 / 4.00 Julia Yates
Sustainability Associate
Office of Sustainability
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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:

Percentage of entering students that are low-income:

Graduation/success rate for low-income students:

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

The Keene State College Mission and Values statement states this commitment:
"As a public institution, we provide educational opportunities for all qualified students and continue our heritage of service to New Hampshire and the New England region." (http://www.keene.edu/administration/mission/)

Provided in the link below is information regarding costs of attending KSC, as well as links to loans, grants, and other funding streams. Personnel in Student Financial Services and Admissions are excellent resources for all of our students, with up to date information. (http://www.keene.edu/admissions/aid/)

Admission fees can be waived for students with financial needs and over 60% of scholarships/grants go to students who have been identified as in financial need.
On average, 67% of the financial aid needs of students who were awarded any need-based aid were met.

Many of the available endowed scholarships, grants and scholarships, including the Leadership Award Scholarship, have a need-based component. Two thirds of the institutional grants go towards students who've been identified as in need of financial support. That includes endowed scholarships, annual gifts, and tuition funded grants awarded by the college, excluding athletic aid and tuition waivers. Information regarding the Title IV programs is readily available on the keene.edu website.

The Granite Guarantee covers the cost of tuition for all first time, first year peel Grant-eligible students that are new Hampshire residents. This program bridges the gap between a recipient’s total federal and state aid, institutional gift aid and the cost of in-state tuition. Information about the Granite Guarantee is found at https://www.keene.edu/admissions/aid/grants/granite/.

The Elliot Center unites important and helpful student support services including:
• Academic and Career Advising
• Aspire
• Admissions
• Center for Health and Wellness
• Counseling Center
• Dean of Students
• Office of Disability Services
• Registrar's Office
• Student Development Office
• Student Financial Services
• Associate Vice President for Student Affairs
• Assistant Vice President for Academic Services

A brief description of notable policies or programs to support non-traditional students:

Non-traditional students are supported and honored at Keene State in myriad ways through programs overseen by the Office of Diversity and Multiculturalism and the Aspire Program.

The Aspire office provides services, such as academic advising, to non-traditional students to help them find success and reach graduation regardless of their background.

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:

Website URL where information about the institution’s accessibility and affordability initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:


"Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid" and "Percentage of students graduating without student loan deb" - Data is from 2018, see supporting attachment.

"Percentage of entering students that are low-income"- data is averaged from entering students in 2017, 2018, and 2019

"Graduation/success rate for low-income students"- Averaged from 4 year and 6 year students graduating in 2018

Information compiled by Julia Yates, Sustainability Associate. Information for reporting fields was provided by Cathy Mullins, Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships; Christopher Bush, Data Analyst; and kristen Sweeney, Director of TRIO Program.

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