Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 40.09
Liaison Allison Jenks
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

New Mexico State University
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.02 / 4.00 Allison Jenks
Facilities Sustainability Manager
Facilities and Services
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Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :

Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:

Percentage of entering students that are low-income:

Graduation/success rate for low-income students:

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

Over 73% of our students are on some form of financial aid. CAMP (College Assistance Migrant Program) is a federally funded program that we use for specific populations. We also use TRIO Upward Bound, TRIO Student Support service, ENLACE (a statewide collaboration of people who represent the voices of under-represented children and families – people who have not traditionally had a say in policy initiatives which have had direct impacts on their communities or their families), and NM MESA (Math Engineering Science Achievement), to name a few.

Financial Aid has multiple Grants designed to help the income based students afford college. Scholarships also help these students.

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

Non-degree admission is designed to meet the needs of non-traditional, part-time students who do not wish to pursue a degree at this university.

Family units include married couples, married couples with children, single parents with dependent children and domestic partners (as defined by NMSU Policy found at http://benefits.nmsu.edu/other/domestic-partner/). Consideration is also given to veterans and non-traditional dependent family units.

Children in the Academic Workplace, Student Code of Conduct

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:

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

Additional documentation to support the submission:

The questions for this section that are left are the following:
- Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid-This is hard to determine as we do not track this statistic. I've heard reports that on average 65% of need is met, but this is not official.
- Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt-This is hard to say, as our office does not track this statistic
- Percentage of entering students that are low-income. Low income is (loosely) defined as students who are Pell eligible. That being said, students who file a FAFSA and qualify as Pell eligible are low income. If student do not file a FAFSA we cannot determine if they are low income. The following is data for Fall 2020 students. Of all students at NMSU-LC, those who filed a FAFSA, 42% were considered Pell eligible, 25% were not Pell eligible, and 33% did not file a FAFSA. Comparing ONLY student who filed a FAFSA: 63% were Pell eligible, 37% were Not Pell eligible. Please note, this is a comparison of those who filed a FAFSA. For your reporting needs, I would use the 42% above, but I wanted to include the additional information.
IPEDS is our official federal reporting instrument. Our latest submission is Fall 2019 data. I have included a copy here as it may be useful to you. This is publicly available data-we post this on our OIA webpage. The percent of all NMSU students who were Pell eligible was 46%. The number of FIrst-time Freshmen Pell eligible was 49%.

- Calixtro Melero (Office of Institutional Analysis Manager)

Hispanic Serving Institution

Minority-serving institutions (MSIs) are colleges and universities serving a large percentage of minority students. The Higher Education Act stipulates that ethnic minorities must represent more than 50% of total enrollment at these institutions. https://oia.nmsu.edu/resources/msi/

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