Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 50.52
Liaison Megan Varnadore
Submission Date Feb. 18, 2021

STARS v2.2

Sonoma State University
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.48 / 4.00 Sean Johnson
Senior Director of Records, Reporting and Analytics
Records, Reporting, and Analytics
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Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :
55

Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:
65.50

Percentage of entering students that are low-income:
37

Graduation/success rate for low-income students:
29.15

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

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) in the California State Universities supports the success of students from low-income family backgrounds and is designed to break the cycle of poverty. The Educational Opportunity Program designs, administers, and supports programs that deliver access and retention services to historically low income and educationally disadvantaged students. EOP provides a comprehensive program of support services which include, but are not limited to, recruitment, pre-admission counseling, orientation, summer program, diagnostic testing, financial aid follow-up, special admissions, pre-introductory instruction, academic advisement, tutoring, learning skill services, and personal, educational and career counseling.


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

MESA serves educationally disadvantaged students who are pursuing STEM degrees within the School of Science and Technology at Sonoma State University. Students with indicators of educational disadvantages pursuing STEM degrees under the School of Science and Technology. This includes students from low-income households, students receiving financial aid, students who are first in their family to attend college, students from educationally disadvantaged high schools, students whose primary language spoken at home is not English and students from non-traditional homes.

The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is an NSF sponsored program designed to broaden participation in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology (STEM) disciplines and increase the number of students receiving baccalaureate degrees, and ultimately Ph.D.s, in STEM disciplines. SSU students who face social, educational, or economic barriers to careers in STEM are eligible to apply for the program.


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