Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.70
Liaison Tamera Jahnke
Submission Date April 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Missouri State University
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.27 / 4.00 Doug Neidigh
Sustainability Coordinator
Environmental Management
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Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :
62

Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:
41

Percentage of entering students that are low-income:
34

Graduation/success rate for low-income students:
34

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

1. Missouri State University has transitioned to a test optional admission model.
2. Reduction of hours to graduate from 125 to 120 hours. This is an average cost savings of $1,000
3. Contain meal plan costs by renegotiating our contract with Chartwells, our food service partner
4. Actively incorporating text book cost reduction strategies
5. Expanding scholarship opportunities so that more students receive financial support.


A brief description of notable policies or programs to support non-traditional students:

1. Non-Traditional Students are generally supported by our Adult Student Services Office.
https://adultstudents.missouristate.edu/
2. We have academic policies and programs as well as support services intended for non-traditional students.
3. We have the following programs which target nontraditional students:
- MSU 62, which is a special fee waiver program for adults who are 62 years of age or older.
- Adult Student Welcome Orientation
- Evening College Plus Program, which is a series of degree programs to adult students who have a clear focus of their educational goals and needs.
- Evening College
- Expanding Online Programs
- Off-Campus Programs
- Non-Credit Programs
- iCourses, which provides students an opportunity for you to take required general education courses without visiting campus.
4. All student support services at Missouri State are available to nontraditional students. A comprehensive list of services can be found at: http://www.missouristate.edu/campusservices/studentsupport.htm


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:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s accessibility and affordability initiatives is available:
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