Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 73.47
Liaison Ian McKeown
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

Loyola Marymount University
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.49 / 4.00 Daniel Wait
Associate Director of Financial Aid
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:

Loyola Marymount University participates in all federal and state financial aid programs and provides significant funding of our own to assist students who qualify for financial aid. LMU also offers a wide range of academic scholarships programs to recognize the scholastic accomplishments of our most distinguished entering freshmen. When eligible, LMU offers students California State Grants, Federal Grants, LMU Grants, LMU Athletic Grant-In-Aid, Tuition Benefits (for staff or faculty / their children), Veteran’s Benefits, Various Scholarships, Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Direct Loans, Federal Direct Parent (Plus) Loans, low-interest Institutional Loans, Federal Work-Study and/or LMU-funded work-study. 85% of LMU’s undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid, and LMU contributes more than $110 million in grant and scholarship aid to students.


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

First to Go Program: The program pairs each student with a faculty mentor who was a first-generation student. Additionally, participants have a network of LMU staff and alumni, also former first generation college students, who further support them and reinforce a community atmosphere on campus via informal receptions and dinners. First to Go is unique in that it approaches first generation college students as a population with considerable assets and resources. A collaborative effort between Academic and Student Affairs divisions, this program creates a more academically supportive environment for students.
http://academics.lmu.edu/arc/programswesupport/firsttogoprogram/

ACCESS Program through College of Science and Engineering is designed for first-year students in the Seaver College of Science and Engineering. By a generous donation from Thomas and Marlene Hynes, this program provides students an opportunity in an all-expense paid, three-week residential program that focuses on academics and critical thinking in the sciences. Participation in the ACCESS program will prepare students for academic excellence through collaborative engagement in scientific scholarship.
http://cse.lmu.edu/programs/access/

Funded in 2007 by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Upward Bound is a TRIO Program designed to provide educational and personal support services that will increase the high school graduation and college enrollment rates of its participants.

Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families in which neither parent has earned a bachelor’s degree. Services include: academic advising and workshops, tutoring, college visits, assistance with the college and financial aid application process, social activities, and a residential summer school experience on the LMU campus.

http://studentaffairs.lmu.edu/interculturalism/upwardbound/


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

First to Go Program: The program pairs each student with a faculty mentor who was a first-generation student. Additionally, participants have a network of LMU staff and alumni, also former first generation college students, who further support them and reinforce a community atmosphere on campus via informal receptions and dinners. First to Go is unique in that it approaches first generation college students as a population with considerable assets and resources. A collaborative effort between Academic and Student Affairs divisions, this program creates a more academically supportive environment for students.
http://academics.lmu.edu/arc/programswesupport/firsttogoprogram/

ACCESS Program through College of Science and Engineering is designed for first-year students in the Seaver College of Science and Engineering. By a generous donation from Thomas and Marlene Hynes, this program provides students an opportunity in an all-expense paid, three-week residential program that focuses on academics and critical thinking in the sciences. Participation in the ACCESS program will prepare students for academic excellence through collaborative engagement in scientific scholarship.
http://cse.lmu.edu/programs/access/

Funded in 2007 by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Upward Bound is a TRIO Program designed to provide educational and personal support services that will increase the high school graduation and college enrollment rates of its participants.

Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families in which neither parent has earned a bachelor’s degree. Services include: academic advising and workshops, tutoring, college visits, assistance with the college and financial aid application process, social activities, and a residential summer school experience on the LMU campus.

http://studentaffairs.lmu.edu/interculturalism/upwardbound/


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

LMU provides many different types of scholarships, including 4-year scholarship programs for entering first year students, and 3-year scholarships for entering transfer students. These merit-based scholarships are for students with outstanding academic records and include consideration for the rigor of the high school curriculum and class standing. These scholarships include the Arrupe Scholarship, the LMU Achievement Award, Trustee and Presidential Scholarships, and Jesuit and Marymount High School Scholarship.

Other LMU scholarships that are provided by alumni networks and are given to students of academic achievement and include consideration of financial need include the African American Alumni Association Scholarship Program and Latino Alumni Association Scholarship Program. Various one-time LMU scholarships are provided by outside donors and many of them include financial need as a consideration during selection.


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

LMU engages in significant outreach and recruitment efforts designed to ensure that low-income students consider LMU during the college selection process. LMU Admission staff each year visit hundreds of high schools and community colleges that include significant populations of low-income students; LMU Admission and Financial Aid staff also regularly offer workshops at high schools and community colleges designed specifically to ensure that low-income students and families have access to relevant information about college and their options at LMU specifically. LMU also regularly offers presentations on the enrollment process in both English and Spanish.


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

Over the past two years, the LMU Enrollment Management division has developed a number of programs that are outside the scope of traditional grants and scholarships, but designed to ensure access for low-income students. These new initiatives include support for low-income students to purchase their books and supplies during their first year of study, giving cohorts of incoming low-income students laptop computers to ensure that they have access to resources needed to be successful, and university-funded accounts that low-income students may draw upon to fund critical activities related to professional development (e.g. internships, conference travel).


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:

LMU Extension is committed to making continuing education affordable. Thanks to the generosity of the University, our benefactors, religious communities and the community, we have scholarship and tuition assistance opportunities available to the general public for selected programs.

A scholarship is an award of tuition assistance for specific professional certificate programs. Due to the generosity of University benefactors, LMU Extension is able award several partial merit and need-based scholarships to qualified students annually.

Martin Gang Scholarship
A merit-based scholarship for qualified applicants enrolling in the African
American Ministry, Cultural Orientation Program for International Ministers,
and Pastoral Studies in Spanish professional certificate programs.

Thomas P. Pike Scholarship
A need-based scholarship for qualified applications enrolling in the Alcohol
and Drug Counseling professional certificate program.

Payne-Chapple Scholarship
A need-based scholarship for qualified applicants enrolling in the Advanced
Yoga Therapy (level 2) and Clinical Yoga Therapy (level 3) professional
certificate programs.

Third Party Sponsorship
Many companies, professional organizations offer their own tuition assistance for employees enrolling in professional and continuing education programs. Some individuals have insurance policies which will pay for retraining. Sometimes friends and family members may wish to setup a gift account in a student's name to help defray the cost of tuition. To obtain information and/or make arrangements to have your tuition paid by a third party, be sure to contact LMU Extension prior to enrollment.

http://academics.lmu.edu/extension/programs/tuitionassistance/


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:

LMUCC is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing high quality care for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age. Recently, LMUCC achieved accreditation for the second time from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), an honor bestowed upon less than 8% of child care centers nationwide.

LMUCC exists to support the University's mission by caring for the children of its faculty, staff, students and community and furthering the University's mission of social justice. It is our belief that our society can achieve its optimal potential when we ensure educational equality for all, beginning at infancy. The core tenet of LMUCC and its success lies in relationships. We believe that positive, caring relationships between a child and the significant adults in his or her life are vital to quality care.


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

lots of organizations and support for students of all kind, working, non traditional, veterans etc. http://bulletin.lmu.edu/content.php?catoid=9&navoid=409


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):
12

The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):
72

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):
65

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):
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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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