Overall Rating Reporter
Overall Score
Liaison Jacob Glickel
Submission Date May 28, 2021
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STARS v2.1

Northeastern University
PA-7: Affordability and Access

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Complete Reporter
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Does the institution have policies and programs 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:

Northeastern meets 100% of demonstrated need for all undergraduate students.

Beginning with the Fall 2021 entering class, Pell grant recipients will be packaged at 100% need yet without loans. Federal loan eligibility will be replaced with institutional dollars.


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

Awareness and training to support work with students from low-income backgrounds are offered through Human Resources and other departments on campus. We have dedicated staff and resources devoted to the support of low-income students, either directly or through faculty and staff training. The most prominent example is the Office for Opportunity Scholarships and Outreach Programs.


A brief description of the institution’s programs to guide and prepare students and families from low-income backgrounds for higher education:

Through Admissions as well as our Opportunity Scholarships and Outreach Programs, we offer programs year-round for students and families from low income backgrounds.We also have more formalized programs such as Foundation Year. Foundation Year offers academic and personal support in addition to direct financial support for a cohort of first-year students. Those who successfully complete the program are offered full matriculation and guaranteed financial aid support. Further information can be found here - https://www.northeastern.edu/admissions/academics/specialized-entry/foundation-year/
The Torch Scholarship program provides a summer immersion program for incoming students. https://torch.northeastern.edu/#_ga=2.259374474.1818711008.1614870508-1491416650.1614342651


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

Foundation Year Scholarships (see above)
Federal loan replacement funding for Pell Grant recipients (see above)
Torch Scholarships (see above)
Dedicated scholarship programs for Boston residents and students. See https://studentfinance.northeastern.edu/
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A brief description of the institution’s targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:

In addition to comprehensive and targeted outreach that support the specific programs above, we employ national student search services and enrollment research to identify low-income students. Those students are offered specialized communication streams, collateral and outreach activities.


A brief description of the institution’s other policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:
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Does the institution have policies and programs to support non-traditional students?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:

There are a number of dedicated scholarships for part-time undergraduate and graduate students. See https://cps.northeastern.edu/admissions-aid/scholarships/
The Northeastern Double-Husky program is a tuition discount program for prior degree recipients and is targeted toward adult learners and those studying part-time. A similar discount called the Parent and Family Scholarship is available for parents and siblings of undergraduate students and again is focused on adult learners and those studying part-time.


A brief description of the institution’s on-site child care facility, partnership with a local facility, and/or subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of students:

Northeastern provides free access to Care.com for students that will assist with finding childcare and other support services.


A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:
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Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (tracking accessibility and affordability)? (If data is not available, select 'No'):
Yes

The percentage of entering students that are low-income (0-100):
11

The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):
90.20

On average, the percentage of need that was met for students who were awarded any need-based aid (e.g. as reported to the U.S. Common Data Set initiative, item H2) (0-100):
88.30

The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt or for whom no out-of-pocket tuition is required (i.e. the percentage of graduates who have not taken out interest-bearing loans) (0-100):
66

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 (0-100):
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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