Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.74
Liaison Karen Talentino
Submission Date May 11, 2021

STARS v2.2

Saint Michael's College
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.69 / 4.00 Karen Talentino
Professor of Biology
Biology
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Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :
80

Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:
28

Percentage of entering students that are low-income:
17

Graduation/success rate for low-income students:
77

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

Saint Michael's College remains an active member of the American Talent Iniative (ATI). In the last two years Saint Michael's has been active with their veteran's and transfer student sub-groups. Saint Michael's has built financial aid policies to stretch dollars to meet more demonstrated need, and increased transfer student aid levels to match those of first year students in order to support the heightened proportion of first generation, low income, and historically underrepresented students in the transfer student pipeline.


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

• Military Connected specific page in “Travel Pieces” delivered to prospective students at High schools, Education Fairs (traditional/Military Installations), Guard/Reserve and Active Duty Education Centers, and community Veteran Service Organizations.
• Direct pathways for transfer students from VT state's Community College system through our Military Community Office.
• Tuition rate for online Summer courses to $250/ credit to meet Military TA rate.
• Direct and timely connections with our Academic Support Office and Community Partners(Vet Center, Lakeside VA (CBOC), Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing and Vermont Veterans Outreach) to promote academic success, wellbeing and create local ties to aid in retention.
• Non-Traditional and Military Connected Students have a space of their own on campus for quiet study, comradery and guidance.
• Director of Military Community Services was a member of the planning committee and co-presenter of "Right Fit Schools" and "Yellow Ribbon Program Conversation" for the inaugural ATI Veterans Community of Practice Convening.


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:
25

Website URL where information about the institution’s accessibility and affordability initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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We do not have a basis for calculating the percentage of students that participate in or directly benefit from these policies and programs. If STARS could be more specific about how to calculate this percentage, perhaps we could calculate a value. However, in theory nearly all of our students benefit, either directly or indirectly, from the diverse perspectives that low-income and non-traditional students bring to our campus community.

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