Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.33
Liaison Kristin Larson
Submission Date July 31, 2020
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STARS v2.1

San Diego State University
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.30 / 4.00 Dr. Luke Wood
Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
Division of Diversity and Innovation
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Does the institution have policies and programs 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:
Students can participate in PELL or SUG grants. There are study abroad scholarships for students in need. The Educational Opportunity Program has approximately 4,000 members who are first generation and or low income. We also provide a Food Pantry for students who cannot afford food and an emergency crisis response team. We also have set alone programs for students who are current and former foster youth and those who were formerly incarcerated.

A brief description of any programs to equip the institution’s faculty and staff to better serve students from low-income backgrounds:
Our Center for Teaching and Learning CTL provides free ongoing professional development to better support low-income students. The University also has the Center for Inclusive Excellence that provides specific training for faculty and staff and working with diverse student populations, in-side and out-side of the classroom.

A brief description of the institution’s programs to guide and prepare students and families from low-income backgrounds for higher education:
Compact for Success is one of our primary programs to support families and their students beginning in 7th grade. Working closely with Sweetwater Unified School District students are encouraged to take college track courses and prepare for higher education. SWAG Students With Academic Goals is a SAT prep and leadership program that prepares low-income students for college during the summer. We also host a variety of High School Conferences and partner with numerous community-based organizations, churches, fraternities, and sororities.

A brief description of the institution's scholarships for low-income students:
"San Diego State has over 850 scholarship opportunities to support our students’ educational goals. Funding for our scholarships has been provided by generous donors to SDSU who believe in higher education and your ability to achieve academic success.

Our application portal, “Aztec Scholarships,” allows students to apply for university scholarships via one application. The Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships coordinates the SDSU scholarship application and awarding process with core committees from the various colleges, departments and organizations responsible for selecting recipients.

The application process for students is simple and fast. Based on university and application data, students are automatically matched to scholarships for which they are eligible. Selection of recipients is made by scholarship committees typically composed of university faculty and/or staff from the academic program or campus organization most closely affiliated with the scholarship. The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships’ staff members are not part of any scholarship committee."


Over the past ten years, SDSU awarded many scholarships which were awarded to students in financial need. For example, our Guardian Scholars Program provides financial support to students who have been in the foster care system.

A brief description of the institution’s targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:
The Office of Educational Opportunity Programs and Ethnic Affairs is to serve students from low-income backgrounds and historically under-served communities by providing innovative programs and services that facilitate the successful recruitment, retention, and development of scholars and leaders as they persist toward a university degree. We also host specific yield events for African American and Native American students on campus (with a short-term housing component) as well as receptions that occur in high density areas. SDSU also has a tribal liaison who is a full-time faculty member who support both recruitment and yield for Native Americans.

A brief description of the institution’s other policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:
Our Food Pantry provides nutritious food and food program referral services for SDSU students experiencing food insecurity. Our Economic Crisis Response Team, or ECRT, is a group of staff, administrators, students, and faculty from across campus working together to ensure students experiencing food or housing insecurity, or other immediate, unforeseen financial crises are connected with short-term and long-term aid quickly and without stigmatization.

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

A brief description of the institution’s scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:

A brief description of the institution’s on-site child care facility, partnership with a local facility, and/or subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of students:
The SDSU Children’s Center features a relaxed and loving atmosphere in which children are free to explore, learn and create through play. To foster the development of the whole child, activities are planned to provide maximum physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth and continuous exposure to the tools for learning. Faculty and staff pay a premium so students can have their children join the Children's' center at a significant discount. Breakfast lunch and snack are included. As well as diapers as needed.

A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:
Short-term study abroad is designed to accommodate the lives of nontraditional students and single parents.

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (tracking accessibility and affordability)? (If data is not available, select 'No'):

The percentage of entering students that are low-income (0-100):

The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):

On average, the percentage of need that was met for students who were awarded any need-based aid (e.g. as reported to the U.S. Common Data Set initiative, item H2) (0-100):

The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt or for whom no out-of-pocket tuition is required (i.e. the percentage of graduates who have not taken out interest-bearing loans) (0-100):

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 (0-100):

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
The data for part 2 came from the website URL above and the Director of Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, Rosanne Pasenelli.

The data for part 2 came from the website URL above and the Director of Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships, Rosanne Pasenelli.

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