Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 30.28
Liaison Jon Bartlow
Submission Date Feb. 10, 2012
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Pittsburg State University
PAE-10: Affordability and Access Programs

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Brian Peery
Sustainability Coordinator
Continuing and Graduate Studies
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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 the institution’s participation in federal TRIO programs:

None


A brief description of the institution’s policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students?:

Student Financial Assistance - low income students are recognized through the FAFSA application process and the total amount of “gift aid” they are awarded, based on the information provided. Their cost of attendance is not adjusted in any way, due to the federal regulation that all students be treated equitably.
Admission – the Admission office has an Application Fee Waiver for students who qualify. Primarily, the programs included for qualification are based on low-income factors.

Admission – the Diversity Scholarship is an admission-based scholarship. Students may qualify if they meet certain academic criteria and are first generation, low-income.


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

None


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

Admission – the Diversity Scholarship is an admission-based scholarship. Students may qualify if they meet certain academic criteria and are first generation, low-income.
Student Financial Assistance – We do have several scholarships awarded through the University Scholarship Committee, who require financial need (thus, low income status).


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

Admission – the Diversity Scholarship is an admission-based scholarship. Students may qualify if they meet certain academic criteria and are first generation, low-income.
Student Financial Assistance – We do have several scholarships awarded through the University Scholarship Committee, who require financial need (thus, low income status).

The PSU Engineering Technology Department has a NSF Scholarships for Disadvantaged Student Grant providing full scholarships for 13 students who meet financial aid requirements for financial need.

The PSU Nursing Department has a HRSA Grant for Disadvantaged Students providing a total of $15,000 in scholarship funds for students with financial need.


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

Admission - Pitt CARES parent orientation available to all parents.

Student Financial Assistance – this is not low-income specific, but we do offer the College Goal Sunday event hosted by PSU on-site, to assist students/parents with the application process. There are also two (2) $500 scholarships awarded through this event to incoming freshmen.


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

Student Financial Assistance – participates in high school visitations in the local area, as well as presentations in partnership with the Admissions Office (Admitted student receptions/ fall workshops/ etc.) Again, these are not targeted to low-income students only.


A brief description of the institution’s other admissions policies and programs:

None


A brief description of the institution’s other financial aid polices or programs:

None


A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs not covered above:

None


The website URL where information about programs in each of the areas listed above is available:

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