Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.17
Liaison David Fisher
Submission Date April 11, 2014
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STARS v1.2

Maharishi University of Management
PAE-10: Affordability and Access Programs

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Leanne Hays
Sustainable Living
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Does the institution have policies and programs in place to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:

A brief description of the institution’s participation in federal TRIO programs:

We do not participate in federal TRIO programs due to our relatively small student body.

A brief description of the institution’s policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students?:

We provide extensive institutional scholarship to low income students to augment available federal aid so that enrollment is affordable to low income students. 70% of our undergraduates are Pell Grant students.
Cost of Attendance is the same for all our undergraduates but the extensive additional institutional scholarship for low income students provides a cost which is only 20% of the published tuition rate.

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

The institution has always primarily served low income students so there is an ongoing culture of sensitivity and service to low income students.

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

Our institution is founded on increasing the well being of the student, based on tested, successful procedures and practical techniques to expand the organizational and intellectual ability of the student while also studying practical application of designated disciplines.
We offer remedial writing and math classes, and also have a to peer to peer tutoring service and writing center.

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

The combination of federal grants and institutional scholarship covers 80% of tuition for low income student affordability, based solely on financial need, for all low income students. Federal Student Loans are available to cover the remaining amount of tuition, plus housing and meals. Federal Work Study is available for books and supplies.

A brief description of the institution’s programs to guide parents of low-income students through the higher education experience:

Only one application, the federal Free Application for Federal Student Aid is used for all financial aid purposes. The family receives a personalized financial aid quote as soon as the family files the FAFSA. Once accepted by Admissions, the award letter is prepared and emailed to the family, followed by a personal phone call to explain and answer family financial questions.

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

We have a unique program cost tool on our web site which is catered to providing low income students with immediate presentation of affordability tailored to low income families.

A brief description of the institution’s other admissions policies and programs:

Admissions standards are geared toward accepting students with high school completion irregardless of outstanding or ordinary high school records. We understand our ability to provide a learning environment which fosters growth of intelligence and success in academic performance.

A brief description of the institution’s other financial aid polices or programs:

All students are treated with care and compassion for affordability and access irregardless of income level.

A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs not covered above:

The website URL where information about programs in each of the areas listed above is available:

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