Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 28.80
Liaison Barry Schwalbe
Submission Date July 26, 2011
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STARS v1.0

Richland Community College
PAE-10: Affordability and Access Programs

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Denise Crews
Student & Academic Services
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Does the institution have policies and programs in place to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:

A brief description of the institution’s participation in federal TRIO programs:

Student Support Services (a TRIO program) is a federally funded grant program. It’s mission is to provide and coordinate a variety of educational support services to students who are first generation, students who meet federal low-income guidelines, and/or students with disabilities. The purpose of the program is to increase college retention and graduation and transfer rates for eligible participants.

Student Support Services/TRIO participants receive intensive support, tutoring, and mentoring. In addition, the program offers academic advising, transfer trips, cultural trips, orientation to college, leadership activities, and a variety of technology equipment. The program is designed to assist eligible Richland students graduate from Richland with a two-year transferrable degree and transfer to a four-year institution. The SSS/TRIO program is a federally funded student engagement grant. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, SSS/TRIO provides educational support to students who currently meet federal government low-income guidelines, first generation students (neither parent has a bachelor's degree) and to students with a documented disability. All applications must include documentation of income and, if applicable, documentation of disability. All services are free to SSS/TRIO participants

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

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

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

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

The College, through the Financial Aid Office, manages external scholarship opportunities. Many of the scholarships that are funneled through the Financial Aid Office are from donors assisting affiliated groups or targeted to low-income recipients. The Richland Foundation offers a variety of need based (for low-income students) scholarships and identifies these students through the EFC (Expected Family Contribution) number listed on their scholarship application. XXX dollars are set aside for low-income students.

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

Richland does not focus programs to parents of low-income students. However, it does have two programs, College 101 and Dual Credit Night, that are targeted to parents and students in high school. These program provide an overview about how to enroll in college and dual credit opportunities while still in high school. Many of the families in attendance are likely to be low-income.

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

Richland does not typically distinguish low-income recruitment outreach from other recruitment strategies. However, there are several opportunities in which Richland engages that has the effect of targeting low-income students. Several of the agencies that Richland partners with, including the Boys and Girls Club, DMCOC (Decatur Macon County Opportunities Corporation) and the three local GED programs. These programs typically enroll persons from low-income backgrounds and Richland regularly recruits and provides programming about becoming a college student to these agencies. In addition, each spring, Richland hosts a program College 101 on its campus that provides and overview for students and their parents to learn about how to enroll in college.

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

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

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

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

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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