Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 55.24
Liaison Paul Scanlon
Submission Date Feb. 22, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Slippery Rock University
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
2.56 / 4.00 Paul Scanlon
Special Assistant to the President
President's Office/Sustainability
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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:

SRU's financial aid office provides individual student/family counseling at Orientation and through phone and in-person meetings year-round that includes discussions about minimizing costs related to housing and meal plan choices. Additionally, the financial aid office visits numerous FYRST seminar courses for freshmen to talk about responsible borrowing and good borrowing decisions.


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

The Rock Opportunity Scholarship financial support is reserved for high need students, currently defined as having an EFC of less than 8,000. SRU also provides a limited number of scholarships to assist with books for students who are exceptionally needy, through the ESD Emergency Book Fund. Additional scholarships targeted for students with financial needs may be found at: http://www.sru.edu/admissions/financial-aid/types-of-aid/scholarships/first-year-scholarships


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:

Slippery Rock University's Strategic Planning Vision 2025 Planning Review aims to improve student learning and success of low-income, first-generation students, and students of color, (FGLI/SC) including first year and transfer cohorts, as measured by improved retention and graduation rates, by continuing and expanding institutional research. See http://www.sru.edu/news/022316d for an overview of the strategic plan.

SRU's Office of Institutional Research identifies SRU students by income level and first generation status in order to be able to use the data as necessary to create new programming and outreach.

The Bailey Library personnel also attended the Affordable Learning Ohio Conference, a yearly conference that introduces a initiatives meant to lower the cost of college. With the information learned at this conference, Cremonese, Brad Wilson, associate provost of transformational experiences, and Allison Brungard, a STEM librarian at Bailey Library, began laying the groundwork for creating SRU's own open-educational resources (OER) program. Additional details can be found at: http://www.sru.edu/news/022119c


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:

SRU offers several scholarships to students who are taking a part-time course load. These can be found on SRU's Financial Aid website,


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 SRU/SGA Preschool and Child Care Center is a nationally accredited, state licensed, non-profit center which is owned by the Slippery Rock Student Government Association, Inc.. Since the Center is licensed by the Department of Public Welfare and the Department of Education, and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, all staff members are required to meet strict regulations regarding training and experience. The Center is located on campus and the U.S. Department of Education has approved a grant of $93,920 for the child care center to help reduce attendance cost.


A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:

The Diana Caine Helwig scholarship is geared specifically for non-traditional students.


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

The percentage of entering students that are low-income (0-100):
34

The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):
59

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):
55.90

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):
7

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:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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