Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 67.01
Liaison Connie Norton
Submission Date Oct. 29, 2014
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STARS v2.0

Simon Fraser University
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.87 / 4.00 Manoj Bhakthan
Director
Financial Aid and Awards
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Does the institution have policies and programs in place 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:

There are a number of programs designed to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students. These programs work in conjunction with the range of grants and scholarships administered by the provincial and federal governments, details of which can be found here: https://studentaidbc.ca/explore/grants-scholarships.


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

Faculty members are encouraged to hire Work-Study students, where possible. These positions are for students with demonstrated financial need and in good academic standing: https://www.sfu.ca/students/financialaid/sabws/work-study.html


A brief description of any programs to prepare students from low-income backgrounds for higher education:
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A brief description of the institution's scholarships for low-income students:

The institutions scholarships for low-income students can be explored in the maintained SFU Awards, Bursaries and Scholarships Database: https://at.its.sfu.ca/awardssearch/awardssearch.aspx/awardssearch.aspx

A handful of examples of bursaries for low-income students found in the database are:
-the Adaline May Clark Bursary
-the Aird Dundas Flavelle Memorial Bursary
-B and B Sivertz Bursary
-Chancellor Brandt C. Louie Bursaries
-David Armstrong Memorial Bursary
-Dina Taddei Bursary in Education


A brief description of any programs to guide parents of low-income students through the higher education experience:
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A brief description of any targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:
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A brief description of other admissions policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:
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A brief description of other financial aid policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:

There are a number of bursaries for Canadian and International students, based on demonstrated financial need: https://www.sfu.ca/students/financialaid/sabws/bursaries.html


A brief description of other policies and programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students not covered above:
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Does the institution have policies and programs in place to support non-traditional students?:
Yes

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

SFU offers the SFU NOW Program: SFU NOW, Nights or Weekends, is an opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree by taking part-time courses in the evenings and on weekends in Vancouver and Surrey: http://www.sfu.ca/sfunow.html


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:

At the SFU Burnaby campus, there is childcare (SFU Childcare Society) on site: http://www.sfuchildcare.ca/

TSSU Member Childcare Bursary for students at SFU, with children, who are members of the Teaching Support Staff Union (hold an appointment as a TA, TM, Sessional Instructor or ELC/ITP Instructor): https://www.sfu.ca/students/financialaid/sabws/bursaries.html
Work Study positions for students with demonstrated financial need and in good academic standing: https://www.sfu.ca/students/financialaid/sabws/work-study.html


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

SFU offers the Aboriginal University Preparation Program, a bridging program designed for Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) high school graduates and mature students who want to pursue post-secondary studies. Upon completion of this program, students earn academic credit as well as conditional acceptance into SFU: http://www.sfu.ca/continuing-studies/programs/aboriginal-university-preparation-program/overview.html.

SFU offers the Aboriginal Pre-Health Program, a bridging program designed for Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) high school graduates and mature students. The program helps students explore health career options and get the academic prerequisites they need to pursue post-secondary health or health science programs such as nursing, midwifery, or public health: http://www.sfu.ca/continuing-studies/programs/aboriginal-pre-health-program/overview.html.

On the SFU Burnaby Campus, Verdant is a family-focused, multi-unit residential building that provides affordable housing options for SFU staff and faculty at UniverCity. Verdant achieved 20% below-market pricing through land-lease agreements, reduced parking, design and amenities trade-offs, and low marketing budgets.


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (accessibility and affordability indicators)?:
No

Indicators that the institution is accessible and affordable to low-income students::
Percentage (0-100)
The percentage of entering students that are low-income ---
The graduation/success rate for low-income students ---
The percentage of student financial need met, on average 87
The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt ---

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