Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 48.61
Liaison Kristina Bryan
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Saint Louis University
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.39 / 4.00 Will Perkins
Data source Pre-College and TRIO Programs
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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 any policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students:

Unfortunately, the McNair Scholars program grant was not renewed, which did provide for financial assistance to eligible students

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


A brief description of any programs to prepare students from low-income backgrounds for higher education:

The Pre-College and Access Program develops, supports and oversees a wide range of outreach activities designed to increase college awareness and readiness skills, such as K-12 academies, camps and enrichment programs in a variety of academic disciplines, each aimed at assisting young students to prepare for college while experiencing life at Saint Louis University. Student Educational Services (SES) fosters academic excellence for SLU students and the surrounding community by hosting key resources and programs, including those for the U.S. Department of Education's TRiO programs. SES supports first-generation college students and those from modest incomes. (The TRiO-Student Success Services [SSS] Programs are educational opportunity programs that motivate and serve low-income, first-generation college students and students with disabilities as they progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to graduate school.) Also, SLU School of Medicine's Office of Multicultural Affairs offers a three-week Summer Scholars Program for sophomore, junior, and senior high school students designed to motivate them to pursue a career in medicine. Activities include participation at the Practical Anatomy Workshop, preparing for college, a group research project, and more.

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

The Jesuit Catholic Community has instituted a $1 million dollar scholarship to high achieving students that matriculate from Catholic high schools and are in need of financial assistance at Saint Louis University.The Jesuit Community Scholarship is given to one student from each of the 28 Catholic high schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis as well as four Catholic high schools in the Metro East.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship is granted to students who are committed to the promotion of diversity in our society and who demonstrate leadership in the classroom, on campus and in the greater community.

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

While not specifically geared toward parents of low-income students but rather ALL parents of SLU students, the goal of the Billiken Parent Association includes creating, implementing and sponsoring programs and services that provide an opportunity to learn more about the organization and policies of the University and fulfill the needs of SLU families, in addition to encouraging and supporting parent and family involvement and providing a network through which families may focus their efforts to support their students and their SLU experience.

A brief description of any targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:

A campus wide Strategic Enrollment Diversity Plan has been adopted. This plan, which is designed to help develop and implement strategies that will increase interest and applications among first generation, low-income, and under-represented minority students, was developed by the Division of Enrollment and Retention Management.

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


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


A brief description of other policies and programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students not covered above:

SLU's Student Educational Services also offers a Pre-Collegiate TRiO Program entitled, "Talent Search" that serves 501 students in grades 6 through 12 in the Saint Louis City Public Schools. In addition to counseling, participants receive information about college admissions requirements, scholarships and financial aid programs. This early intervention program helps young people from families of modest means to better prepare for higher education. In addition to that, simply by being part of the TRiO-SSS Program, there are certain resources and services that SSS students are able to take advantage of that other SLU students cannot. These services include: standing tutoring appointments, early registration, free printing, financial literacy education, and writing fellows just to name a few. Additionally, the Division of Student Development's "First Billikens Project" offers a support system for first-generation college students.

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

A brief description of any scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:

There is a wide array of scholarships available for part-time students at various programs throughout the University (for instance, School for Professional Studies, Law, Nursing, and Business just to name a few). Additional information is available on the respective departmental websites.

A brief description of any onsite child care facilities, partnerships with local facilities, and/or subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of students:

The "Students for Life at Saint Louis University" has the Virginia D. Murphy Endowment Fund to provide assistance for pregnant and parenting students at SLU so they can stay on track toward earning a degree. Assistance funds are available to full- and part-time students at Saint Louis University, and are dispersed on the basis of need at any time during the school year. They can be used to offset costs associated with books, tuition, room and board, child care or pre-natal care.

A brief description of other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:

The School for Professional Studies (SPS) offers degree completion options, continuing education and personal growth, and flexible and affordable Bachelor's, Master's and certificate programs designed for working adults.

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (accessibility and affordability indicators)?:

Indicators that the institution is accessible and affordable to low-income students::
Percentage (0-100)
The percentage of entering students that are low-income 17
The graduation/success rate for low-income students 59.80
The percentage of student financial need met, on average 73
The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt 39

The percentage of students that participate in or directly benefit from the institution’s policies and programs to support low-income and non-traditional students:

The website URL where information about the institution's affordability and access programs is available:

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