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Overall Score 65.87
Liaison Lindsay Batchelor
Submission Date Jan. 5, 2016
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STARS v2.0

North Carolina State University
PA-8: Affordability and Access

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Complete 3.02 / 4.00 Cynelsa Broderick
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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:

NC State University’s Pack Promise program was created to assist low-income students in meeting their financial needs. Pack Promise guarantees that students will receive 100 percent of their financial aid, along with academic support for qualifying students.
More information found here: http://financialaid.ncsu.edu/pack-promise/


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

Academic Advising Services offers a Round Table Discussion on Advising Students who are Under-Resourced. Also, the Adviser Development Institute offers a workshop.

The workshop will define the many forms/types of under-resourced students and create a common framework for understanding what makes this population unique. Qualified facilitators will discuss best practices and give concrete resources to help support our under-resourced students at NC State. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
-Describe characteristics of under-resourced college students and recognize how to identify if a student is under-resourced
-Discuss the importance of relationships for under-resourced students and will learn how understanding the “hidden rules” of college and the workplace can assistance with student persistence; and,
-Articulate campus and community resources to support students.


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

The Upward Bound Program is an early intervention pre-college preparatory program funded by the U.S. Department of Education and is sponsored locally by NC State University. Upward Bound seeks to identify and select high school students with a 2.5 GPA or higher who have academic potential to succeed in college.


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

Pack Promise meets 100 percent of the financial need for all students who qualify for federal financial aid.


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

There are several programs to guide parents of low-income students. The Summer START program offers students the opportunity to complete up to eight credit hours of summer courses and prepares them for the rigors of college life. Raleigh College and Community Collaborative works to provide mentoring and educational support to low-income students in districts with low college attendance rates. NC State also has shown a continued commitment to affordability – the university is frequently cited as one of the most affordable public universities in the U.S. by U.S. News and World Report and other well-known ranking agencies.


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

TRiO is a series of federal outreach and student services programs for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Talent Search in TRiO programs provides hands-on counseling to thousands of middle and high school students in N.C.
More information on the resources that TRiO programs offer, visit: http://trio.dasa.ncsu.edu/


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

The university waives application fees for freshmen applicants submitting College Board, American College Test, or National Association for College Admission Counseling fee waivers. For 2012 NC State honored 1,865 admissions application fee waivers.


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

The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid web site has complete information regarding available aid programs, policies, application procedures and eligibility criteria.
www.ncsu.edu/finaid


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

The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid web site has complete information regarding available aid programs, policies, application procedures and eligibility criteria.
www.ncsu.edu/finaid


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:

Part time students, including seniors in their last semester, receive reduced federal, state and institutional scholarship and grant funding and are eligible for federal loan support if enrolled on at least a half-time basis (a minimum of 6 hours per semester for undergraduates and a minimum of 4.5 hours per semester for graduate students).


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:

NC State’s childcare center is managed by Bright Horizons and offers infant to pre-school slots at a discounted monthly fee, for the children of full-time, benefits-eligible, faculty and staff of NC State, as well as full-time Post-docs.
There are also a number of centers that are willing to provide discounts or other child care incentives to NC State employees or students. https://www.ncsu.edu/human_resources/benefits/Childcare/
http://www.ncsu.edu/human_resources/benefits/Childcare/providersForm.php


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

The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid also offers scholarships opportunities to transfer students. Consideration for various awards is given to students who are academically competitive, exhibit special talents or characteristics and demonstrate financial need. To be considered for these scholarships, simply apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA.

New, enrolled international undergraduate students may be eligible for the Beijing Fazheng Group scholarship. The Beijing Fazheng Group Scholarship provides financial assistance to academically gifted students of the Beijing Royal School enrolled full-time in an undergraduate degree program or in the Intensive English Program (IEP).

The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid also offers scholarships opportunities to transfer students. Consideration for various awards is given to students who are academically competitive, exhibit special talents or characteristics and demonstrate financial need. To be considered for these scholarships, simply apply for financial aid by completing the FAFSA.


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 15
The graduation/success rate for low-income students 52
The percentage of student financial need met, on average 78
The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt 57

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:
52

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

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