Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.59
Liaison Susan Dorward
Submission Date Aug. 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

Raritan Valley Community College
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.85 / 4.00 Susan Dorward
Sustainability and Energy Coordinator
Facilities and Grounds
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Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :
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Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:
87

Percentage of entering students that are low-income:
32

Graduation/success rate for low-income students:
19.80

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

The Educational Opportunity Fund Program (EOF) here at Raritan Valley Community College provides eligible students with academic and economic assistance to help them earn their college degree. Students eligible for the EOF program receive year-round services.

EOF provides more than just financial support. As an EOF scholar each student will receive academic support and assistance in making the transition to college.

Services provided include:
Assistance with the admission and enrollment process
Academic advisement
Financial Aid assistance
Personal counseling
General career counseling
General transfer counseling
Academic support services
Funding for summer courses

Students currently in the program who decide to transfer to a four-year institution in New Jersey may transfer their EOF status, enabling them to continue to receive the funding as well as the support services.

The College staffs and houses a Resource Center and Food Pantry that are available to all students and employees.
https://www.raritanval.edu/resource-center


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

• New Fast Track program for adult students https://www.raritanval.edu/Adult-Fast-Track
• on-campus Childcare Center
• RISE prisoner education program
https://www.raritanval.edu/rise
• Hunterdon Prep transition program for special needs students
• Veterans services - Raritan Valley Community College welcomes active military and veterans of the US military. The college participates in the Veterans Affairs Principles of Excellence and is approved to administer all GI Bill educational benefits. These benefits help students earn their college degree by providing additional funding through the Department of Veteran Affairs. Benefits include GI Bill chapters 33,31, 1606 and 35. RVCC also waives tuition for active members of the NJ National Guard who are studying a degree or certificate program and is in good academic standing.

All veterans and active military students have a designated advisor who works with the student on all aspects of the academic path. These students can also receive and utilize all additional financial and support services on campus.

Campus and veteran office services include:
Guidance with the admission and enrollment process
Academic advisement and planning
Financial Aid assistance
Personal counseling
General career counseling
General transfer counseling
Academic support services


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:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s accessibility and affordability initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Information provided by Sarah Donnelly (Institutional Research), Donyea Collins (EOF), and Elizabeth Sullivan (Veterans Affairs).

We do not have data to calculate "The percentage of student financial need met, on average". As a public community college for two counties, we accept all students who apply and have very low tuition rates designed to make education as accessible as possible.

From Sarah Donnelly in IR:
* Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt
87% of the 2020-21 graduates had not taken out any loans.

* Percentage of entering students that are low-income
32% of entering first-time, full-time, degree/certificate-seeking students received Pell grants in Fall 2020 (IPEDS 2021-22 Student Financial Aid Survey)

* Graduation/success rate for low-income students
Graduation Rate for first-time, full-time, degree/certificate seeking Pell Grant recipients, 2018 cohort: 19.8% (IPEDS 2021-22 Graduation Rate Survey)

From Donyea Collins: The EOF program serves 250 students.
From Elizabeth Sullivan: There are 50 veterans enrolled.
The Resource Center serves the 30% of the RVCC student community that is food or housing insecure. https://commons.raritanval.edu/academics/dept/hsse/rc

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