Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 40.97
Liaison Sherri Mason
Submission Date June 30, 2020
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Penn State Erie, The Behrend College
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.41 / 4.00 Mary-Ellen Madigan
Senior Director
Enrollment Management
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Does the institution have policies and programs to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:

A brief description of any policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students:

PaSSS: Pathway to Success: Summer Start, is a summer bridge program that provides financial resources, mentoring and college survival skills to low-income and first generation first year students to help ensure on-time or early graduation, decreased loan debt and support.
CSP: Comprehensive Studies Program is an alternative admissions program for financially and educationally disadvantaged students that provides financial, educational, and cultural support for students.

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

The PaSSS program provides faculty with clear learning outcomes, in addition to course outcomes to help ensure students' long term academic success. Regular workshops on diversity and inclusion help faculty and staff better understand the challenges that of our students from diverse backgrounds.

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

The college holds regular on-line and in person financial aid workshops for students and their families. Additionally, financial aid and admissions staff spend one day per week working exclusively with students in our low-income urban high schools.

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

Most academic scholarships require that students demonstrate financial need as defined by the FAFSA form. Additionally, our Trustee Scholarship programs require that students be Pell eligible.

A brief description of the institution’s targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:

An admissions and financial aid staff member spend one day a week assisting low income students from our large urban high school that has extreme demands on its school counseling staff. The staff members provide one-on-one counseling, application workshops, fee waivers and personalized follow-up to students.

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

We have the ability to waive application fees and enrollment fees for low income students. A personal approach is taken to assist low-income students.

Does the institution have policies and programs to support non-traditional students?:

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

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:

Our on-campus child care center is contracted to Bright Horizons Child Care. The office of adult learners and our financial aid staff assist adult learners to secure child care subsidies to assist them with child care expenses.

A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:

Our Center for Adult Learners provides academic counseling and advising to adult learners. Adult learners are defined as those 24 or older, veterans, or those having adult roles.

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (tracking accessibility and affordability)? (If data is not available, select 'No'):

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

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

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):

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):

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):

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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