|Submission Date||March 5, 2021|
PA-8: Affordability and Access
|2.69 / 4.00||
Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :
Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:
Percentage of entering students that are low-income:
Graduation/success rate for low-income students:
A brief description of notable policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:
1. GRANTS: Seattle University offers the following grants to those whom fit the criteria:
--The Federal Pell Grant
--The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
--The Washington College Grant
--Seattle University Grants
2. WORK-STUDY PROGRAMS: Work-study programs offer the opportunity to gain valuable work experience while earning money for college. Students are able to enhance their current course work as well as their future profession by integrating classroom learning with real-world work experience.
3. SCHOLARSHIPS: The following scholarships are available institution's scholarships for low-income students:
--Fostering Scholars: Fostering Scholars is a full scholarship and program of support awarded to eligible students currently in or who aged-out of the foster care system. Recipients receive financial, academic, and personal support towards the completion of an undergraduate degree at Seattle University. For more information: https://www.seattleu.edu/fosteringscholars/
--Costco Scholarship: In Fall of 2000, Costco joined forces with Seattle University and the University of Washington to create scholarships for underrepresented minority students. The Costco Scholarship Fund provides financial assistance to high-achieving students who wish to attend SU or UW. The fund was created by the generous contributions of many individuals and organizations through an annual fundraising event sponsored by chief executives of Costco Wholesale. The Costco Scholarship Fund is administered by the College Success Foundation, a tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization. To date this program has generated almost 25 million dollars in scholarship support for more than 1,000 scholars.See: https://www.seattleu.edu/costco-scholars/
--Alfie Scholars: The Alfie Scholars Program cultivates leaders for civility, provides financial support, and engenders academic excellence for underrepresented community college transfer students. See: https://www.seattleu.edu/undergraduate-admissions/finances/scholarships/transfer/
--SU Bound Scholarship: Seattle U provides financial aid that covers full tuition for any student who is admitted with a GPA of 3.50 or higher and is eligible for the Washington State Need Grant (a program that bases its eligibility requirements on low income status). This past year, we removed the test score requirement from that award and admitted a record number of students who were eligible. Information about the SU Bound Scholarship: https://www.seattleu.edu/undergraduate-admissions/finances/scholarships/seattle-u-bound-scholarship/
--SU recently announced a new commitment of financial aid and support for local students in the Rainier Scholars program, which supports low-income students of color from fifth grade through college graduation. Seattle U will meet the full demonstrated financial need for every Rainier Scholar newly admitted to the university. See the announcement here: https://www.seattleu.edu/newsroom/stories/2020/seattle-u-and-rainier-scholars-partner-on-new-scholarship-program-.html.
--More info about scholarships available at SU:
For undergraduate students: https://www.seattleu.edu/financial-aid/grants-and-scholarships/grants-for-undergraduates/
For graduate students: https://www.seattleu.edu/financial-aid/grants-and-scholarships/scholarships-for-graduates/:
4. Various need-based scholarships are available by department. For example, Student Assistantships are opportunities for students to apply their studies to real jobs and responsibilities within the Fine Arts Department. Recipients are awarded scholarships for their work that are determined individually based on the level of responsibility, time commitment and financial need.
5. Fellowships (available on campus) and resources for off-campus fellowships help provide low-income students with the ability to gain financial aid and funding as well as educational and professional development. https://www.seattleu.edu/fellowships/
6. Emergency funds: A Veterans Emergency Fund is available for veterans for non-tuition based emergencies. The Office of Multicultural Affairs also offers an emergency fund for non-tuition based emergencies. More info: https://www.seattleu.edu/oma/student-success-resources/financial-support--scholarships/
7. If a student's financial aid award in combination with what his or her family is able to contribute is not enough to meet the cost of attending Seattle University, and extenuating circumstances exist that change the student's overall financial status (such as medical and dental expenses not covered by insurance, loss of income, divorce or separation, or the costs of tuition for siblings or children attending private elementary and secondary institutions), the Student Financial Services Office will consider these to determine if the student has additional eligibility for financial aid.
8. Textbook Exchange: The Outreach Center offers a Textbook Exchange Program for first-gen, veterans, and low-income students who are interested in renting textbooks for the quarter. This comes at no cost for the student. Students are able to review our catalog online and fill out our online request form.
9. Weekly Food Initiative: The Outreach Center and The Commuter Link offer a weekly food program that makes a free meal available for students. While the day may change each quarter, there is always a weekly food offering from each space. This allows for students who may need a meal to join us for one.
10. Cap & Gown Closet: Graduating students who are unable to afford their cap and gown for commencement activities are able to borrow one from The Outreach Center at no cost.
11. Food Pantry: The Seattle U Food Pantry provides free, supplementary food to all students, staff, and faculty with a current Seattle U ID card. For more information, visit: https://www.seattleu.edu/oma/food-security-initiative/food-pantry/
A brief description of notable policies or programs to support non-traditional students:
The STUDENT SUCCESS AND OUTREACH (SSO) staff promotes undergraduate and graduate student excellence and persistence to graduation through campus leadership, veteran benefits, peer coaching, and student support programs. SSO’s goal is to acknowledge the diverse identities of each student, provide space for communities of support and challenge students to unleash their leadership potential to position them to thrive at our university and beyond. Through the “Outreach Center” and the “Collegia Program,” SSO provides support to first-generation college students, commuter students, transfer students, graduate and adult learners, and veterans.
See more: https://www.seattleu.edu/student-outreach/
--Seattle University's OUTREACH CENTER provides a wide range of support and initiatives for first-generation college students and veterans.
One of The Outreach Center’s initiatives is their visibility campaigns for both the first-gen community and veterans. The “I’M FIRST-GEN” campaign and the “I SERVED. I’m a Military Veteran.” campaign invite folks who identify as first-gen and/or a veteran to: Engage in conversations with members of the SU community about their experience as a first-generation college student or veteran; be open to the opportunity to mentor first-generation college students or veterans at Seattle University; referring students to and utilizing The Outreach Center as a place for resources, support, and community building.
The Graduate Coordinator for First-Generation College Student Initiatives focuses on supporting first-generation college students. Our “First-Gen Fridays” series engages students, staff, and faculty who identify as first-generation college in issues that our first-gen community encounters. It serves as an opportunity to build community and seek guidance.
The Outreach Center has a Veterans Navigator and Graduate Assistant for Student Veteran Initiatives to assist veterans through their transition process at Seattle University.
Seattle University also has a Veterans Advocacy Council comprised of representatives across the University to assess the ways in which the University is retaining and supporting veterans. This committee is chaired by the Assistant Director for Student Success & Outreach.
More information about SSO’s Outreach Center: https://www.seattleu.edu/student-outreach/resource-spaces/outreach-center/
-- The COLLEGIA PROGRAM creates caring and diverse learning communities of students that provide a broader educational experience steeped in the Jesuit values of Seattle University. Collegium staff offer a variety of educational and social programming opportunities to integrate learning, present leadership opportunities, and promote a sense of belonging. Our collegia provide beautiful and welcoming environments that support the day-to-day needs of the complex lives of commuter and transfer students through study space, kitchenettes, access to campus resources, computers, and printers.
The Reidy Collegium is a community space for all transfer students. The McGoldrick Collegium is a community space for adult learners over the age of 25 and graduate students. The Commuter Link is a community and resource space for all commuter students, staffed by current SU students.
More information about the collegia programs: https://www.seattleu.edu/student-outreach/resource-spaces/collegia-program/
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