Overall Rating Expired
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Liaison Jack Byrne
Submission Date May 1, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Middlebury College
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Michael McLaughlin
Director
, Financial Aid Operations
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Does the institution have policies and programs in place 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:

The College follows a need-blind admission policy for domestic students, which means that a student's financial status does not influence the admission decision. Middlebury makes every effort to help all candidates obtain the financial aid they need in the form of grants, loans, and work/study jobs once they are accepted. Middlebury will offer an aid package that meets 100 percent of a student’s financial need as calculated by the Student Financial Services Office. Additionally, the maximum amount of loans given to a student is based on the family’s annual income so that students do not acquire loans beyond their family’s means.


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

The Director for Student Services is an active member in the Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE) where topics relating to financial aid and low-income students are often discussed.


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

Along with our health insurance, book advances, computers and travel assistance programs, Middlebury is also in the process of implementing financial literacy programs (one of which targets low-income students).


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

Middlebury does not offer merit-based scholarships, but does meet 100% of student’s financial need as calculated by the Student Financial Services Office. Middlebury is a partner college of The Posse Foundation, a national college access and youth leadership development program that identifies, recruits and selects student leaders from public high schools and sends them in groups called Posses to some of the top colleges and universities in the country. (http://www.possefoundation.org/). Middlebury also receives funding from the Davis United World College Scholars Program to give need-based scholarships to graduates of United World College schools.


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

Financial Aid Operations holds one-on-one family financial aid meetings with Posse families in both New York and Chicago.


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

Middlebury is a partner college of The Posse Foundation, a national college access and youth leadership development program that identifies, recruits and selects student leaders from public high schools and sends them in groups called Posses to some of the top colleges and universities in the country. Every year, Middlebury admits 20 Posse Scholars from New York and Chicago. (http://www.possefoundation.org/). Beginning in 2015, ten students from Posse Los Angeles will be admitted to Middlebury as part of a national STEM initiative.
(http://www.middlebury.edu/newsroom/archive/2014/node/468082)


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

Admission for domestic students is need blind to ensure that students from all socio-economic backgrounds are considered equally.


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

Using a combination of grants, loans, and work/study jobs, the College gives aid packages that meet 100% of students’ needs as determined by the Student Financial Services Office.


A brief description of other policies and programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students not covered above:
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Does the institution have policies and programs in place to support non-traditional students?:
Yes

A brief description of any scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:
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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:
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A brief description of other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:

The Student Government Association Diversity Committee provides a first generation college student peer mentoring program. For Middlebury, first generation students are considered non-traditional.


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

Indicators that the institution is accessible and affordable to low-income students::
Percentage (0-100)
The percentage of entering students that are low-income 12
The graduation/success rate for low-income students 89
The percentage of student financial need met, on average 100
The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt 54

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:
12

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

Regarding 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" item above: at minimum it is 12% as stated though likely higher since that number is only for lower income students. Non-traditional students data was not readily available at the time of filing this report.

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