Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.63
Liaison Amy Dvorak
Submission Date June 30, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Lewis & Clark College
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.27 / 4.00 Amy Dvorak
Sustainability Manager
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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:

Lewis & Clark College is exploring the possibility of increasing transfer student enrollment by 50 percent. This will include providing resources for a dedicated transfer counselor and studying policies that could make transfer enrollment more attractive to students. The goal will be, in part, to increase transfer enrollments from local community colleges.

As part of our ongoing recruitment efforts, we bring groups of low income students from underrepresented backgrounds and low income first-generation students to campus for special programs. Many of these students are flown in from out-of-state. All costs associated with attending these programs are covered by the College, and students who attend and are admitted to the College do not have any unmet need in their financial aid awards. http://college.lclark.edu/offices/admissions/multicultural_recruitment/lead/

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

Faculty are being asked to consider ways to make the first year core course more meaningful and engaging for students of diverse backgrounds.

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

As the second phase of our current Howard Hughes grant, L&C is embarking this year on a collaboration between our undergraduate program and our graduate teacher education program to provide after school inquiry-based programs in STEM fields for underrepresented students in five Portland high schools, along with the opportunity for some of these students to participate in summer research with undergraduate mentors on campus.

We are actively involved with Oregon College Application Week, a state-wide program designed to encourage and assist students as they apply for college/university. Our Director of Admissions is a member of the state-wide steering committee.

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

The institution offers substantial financial aid in order to make a Lewis & Clark education affordable to students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. This aid is offered in the form of scholarship, grant, work, and loan.

A list of some of our named scholarships for returning students can be found at: http://www.lclark.edu/offices/financial_aid/scholarships_continuing/

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

L&C has assigned admissions counselors to high schools and districts serving low income students, especially in Oregon, California, and Texas. This year we are expanding these outreach efforts.
The Office of Admissions works with Community Based Organizations (CBOs) like YES Prep, Bright Prospect, Black United Fund, etc. to identify appropriate under-served students to apply for admission and enroll at the College. This includes participating in programs to assist students with the college search and application process, inviting and funding low-income students to visit campus, and meeting need in financial aid awards. Among our newer partnerships are FutureConnect in Portland (two years) and Raise (new this year) on the national level.

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

Emergency fund for high-need students who encounter unanticipated costs due to medical or family emergencies.

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:

The institution's graduate and law program support non-traditional part-time students. Scholarships provided are listed here: http://graduate.lclark.edu/offices/admissions/paying_for_graduate_school/scholarships/


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 institution is currently considering onsite child care facilities or partnerships to support child care.

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

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