Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.36
Liaison Rachael Wein
Submission Date March 2, 2020

STARS v2.2

Smith College
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Rachael Wein
Assistant Director of Sustainability
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Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :
100

Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:
41.50

Percentage of entering students that are low-income:
22

Graduation/success rate for low-income students:
88.60

A brief description of notable policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:

Smith has long been recognized as a leader in providing access to low income students. In 2018-19 Smith provided over $71 million in financial aid to 59% of our undergraduate students. Just under 18% of Smith students receive federal Pell grants which go to the neediest students. An additional 156 international citizens (who are not eligible for Pell grants) were awarded institutional aid from Smith. The total funding offered to these international students totalled $9.25 million


A brief description of notable policies or programs to support non-traditional students:

The Ada Comstock Scholars Program at Smith enables women of nontraditional college age to
complete their bachelor of arts degree either part time or full time. With many of our Ada’s coming
from community colleges, it is our signature program to further the progress of continuing students.

Approximately 400 students per year receive Praxis stipends to work at unpaid summer internships
here and abroad in such fields as healthcare, government, education, communications, research,
social welfare, technology, law, science and the arts. These internships help students build on their academic studies, make decisions about their careers, and acquire the experiences and skills desired by employers and graduate schools. An analysis of participation has shown us that first generation and aided students at similar rates to non-first generation and non-aided students.


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:
27

Website URL where information about the institution’s accessibility and affordability initiatives is available:
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