Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.14
Liaison Don Forster
Submission Date March 30, 2020
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Seneca College
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 4.00 Paula Echeveste
Sustainability Supervisor
Facilities
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Does the institution have policies and programs to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:
Yes

A brief description of any policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students:

Seneca College offers a variety of awards, scholarships and bursaries to all students. Students apply for funding on-line through Blackboard. The Tuition Assistance Bursary is given based solely on financial need as indicated by their financial aid application. Other Awards and Scholarships are sent to committees in January to make the selection.


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

Campaign for Students
The Campaign for Students is Seneca's employee giving program. As one of our largest group of donors, Seneca employees help to fund financial aid opportunities, improve Seneca’s learning environment and strengthen the student experience.

Whether Seneca employees choose to make a personal donation, send an e-card, become a Payroll Champion, support an event or fund their own named award, they are making a meaningful difference in the lives of Seneca's students.

https://www.senecacollege.ca/support/support-a-project/campaign-for-students.html


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

Scholarships are non-repayable awards given to recognize the high level of excellence a student has achieved in his/her studies.
Bursaries are non-repayable awards allocated on the basis of financial need and without undue emphasis on academic standing.
Value of scholarships and bursaries range from $50 to $1,500.


A brief description of the institution’s targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:
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A brief description of the institution’s other policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:
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Does the institution have policies and programs to support non-traditional students?:
Yes

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

Faculty of Continuing Education and Training Awards

A170: Newcomer Award in Honour of Jack & Ann Talesnick
Awarded to any full-time or part-time student who is designated as a permanent resident (verifiable) with honour-list standing in at least one semester. May be awarded as an in-course or graduating award. Eligible students must be Ontario residents and have demonstrated financial need.

C309: Mary James Dawson Memorial Bursary
This award is given to a graduating student of one of the Building Environment Systems Class I and II certificates or Building Environment Systems Facility Manager certificate programs. The recipient will have a commitment to volunteer services with disadvantaged groups in the community. Eligible students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons, Ontario residents and have demonstrated financial need. The selection of a recipient will be made by faculty members.

G102: FCE Bursary Fund
Awarded to a limited number of students registered in credit courses in the Faculty of Continuing Education & Training

G111: Captus Press Part-time Paralegal Scholarship
Awarded to a student enrolled part time in the Paralegal certificate program who is in module five, six or seven with a GPA of 4.0.

G120: Cindy Hazell Award for Non-Direct Part-Time Students
Awarded to a non-direct part-time student in any post-secondary credential program. Non-direct is defined as students who have been out of high school for at least one year prior to enrolling at Seneca. Students who have taken one or more high school courses in the past year, including night school or correspondence courses, are not eligible. Preference will be given to a student who demonstrates financial need.

G122: Campaign for Students Bursary for the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training
Awarded to students in the Faculty of Continuing Education and Training who demonstrate financial need and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. Eligible students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons and a resident of Ontario. Recipients will be selected by the Awards Committee.


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 Seneca Lab School - in partnership with Early Childhood Education program. As a leader in early childhood education, Seneca offers childcare programs at two separate locations that are facilitated by dedicated educators. The team includes experienced early childhood educators and students in the ECE Diploma and Bachelor of Childhood Development programs completing their field-work practicum.

The Lab School receives subsides from Toronto Children's Services in two ways. Seneca's child care facilities has a purchase of service agreement with the City and they subsidize the centre with operating grants to help offer the program.
Additionally, the City provides subsidized fees/spaces for families for child care. This can eliminate child care fees or share costs of the child care fees with approved families. This is dependent on the families income, if they are working or studying etc. Toronto Children services has a criteria and formula to determine eligible families. Often the families are students returning to school and welcome the subsidized rates.


A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:
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Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (tracking accessibility and affordability)? (If data is not available, select 'No'):
No

The percentage of entering students that are low-income (0-100):
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The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):
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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):
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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):
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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):
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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