Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 63.40
Liaison Adam Sizemore
Submission Date March 2, 2016
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STARS v2.0

Miami University
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.90 / 4.00 Susan Meikle
University News writer and editor
University Communications
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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 any policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students:

Miami Access Fellows is a grants and scholarships program for Ohio residents designed to help make Miami University accessible to new first-year academically competitive students who have total family income that is equal to or less than $35,000.

To fund this program, we add together an Access Scholar's federal and state grant funds with University grant and/or scholarship funds to meet the cost of tuition and academic fees.

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

The Made@Miami program connects Miami faculty and staff, who serve as informal mentors, with students from the Miami Access Fellows program (for low income students) and other diverse students.
The faculty and staff mentorship program lasts the entire academic year.
MADE@Miami is a three-day pre-semester experience for first-year students who are ready to make the most out of Miami. We promote qualities valued by the university community—Mentoring, Achievementnt, Diversity, and Excellence.

A brief description of any programs to prepare students from low-income backgrounds for higher education:

Miami Access Fellows are provided with: housing and meal ticket fee waivers for the Access student and a family member at Miami's Summer Orientation.
Option to participate in Miami's MADE@Miami program, designed to help new students navigate the university while building a diverse network of friends and mentors.
Special workshops related to such topics as career development and financial management.

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

The Miami Access Fellows covers tuition and academic fees totaling $13,156 per year. Academically competitive Ohio residents entering the Miami University Oxford campus as first-time, full-time freshmen in the fall semester are eligible. The costs for room, board, books, travel, and personal expenses are not included in the guarantee, but as mentioned above, may be covered by other funding sources. Also, students who are eligible for the Miami Access Initiative program could still use federally guaranteed student loans, Federal-Work Study, and other private loans for these costs.

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

The 3-day Made@Miami program for Miami Access Fellows offers family sessions , as well as a social for parents to meet members of the office of diversity affairs.

Miami also has a Family Orientation as part of its Summer Orientation Sessions for First Year students. Family Orientation is an important part of supporting your Miami student. At Family Orientation, parents learn about the requirements, opportunities, and resources available at Miami.

A brief description of any targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:

Miami's Bridges program, a series of 2-day programs on campus targeting high school juniors in low income and underrepresented areas. They spend the night on campus with current students, join classes, attend workshops on financial aid, join in STEM labs. Students who go through the program and then attend Miami receive a 4-yr renewable scholarship (dependent on 2.5 GPA at Miai).

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

Miami recently joined the new Coalition for Access, Affordability and Success, which is creating a more personalized approach for admissions that is designed to help low-income students succeed. targeting them earlier to help then prepare for admission.


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


A brief description of other policies and programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students not covered above:


Does the institution have policies and programs in place to support non-traditional students?:

A brief description of any scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:

none for part-time students on the Oxford campus (they are available for PT students on Miami's Regional campuses).

A brief description of any onsite child care facilities, partnerships with local facilities, and/or subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of students:

Miami has an onsite child care facility for ages 6 weeks-12 years: The Miami University Child Development Center, run by Mini University.

A brief description of other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:

Miami is part of the Yellow Ribbon Program, which offers scholarships for tuition and fees for Veterans above the their GI Bill entitlement.
Miami has been named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs for its academic credit for military service, flexibility for military students and veteran graduation rates.

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (accessibility and affordability indicators)?:

Indicators that the institution is accessible and affordable to low-income students::
Percentage (0-100)
The percentage of entering students that are low-income 14
The graduation/success rate for low-income students 72.30
The percentage of student financial need met, on average 57.70
The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt 46

The percentage of students that participate in or directly benefit from the institution’s policies and programs to support low-income and non-traditional students:

The website URL where information about the institution's affordability and access programs is available:

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