Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.85
Liaison Geory Kurtzhals
Submission Date Jan. 10, 2020
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STARS v2.1

Southern Illinois University Carbondale
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.59 / 4.00 Hala Jaber
Graduate Assistance
Sustainability Office
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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:

The SIU Carbondale McNair Scholars Program helps students realize their full potential by providing enriching educational experiences for low-income, first-generation college students and members of undeserved groups in higher education. Beginning with a strong mentoring network, McNair scholars are fully supported and engaged in educational and professional development activities that lay the foundation for stellar research and academic skills. Our McNair Scholars Program promotes academic excellence, success in graduate school, and the achievement of a PhD – confirming there’s no such thing as too much ambition when it comes to educational goals.
-SIU offers AIM High scholarships that are merit and need based. There is the AIM HIGH Award and Saluki Scholars Award.
More information can be found at https://scholarships.siu.edu/types/freshmen/aim-high-scholarships.php
Data provided by Rhetta Seymour ,Program Director
1- SIU AIM HIGH AWARD*
The freshmen AIM HIGH Award is valued at $2,000 per year for eligible students who meet the AIM HIGH criteria*, have a 24 ACT/1160 SAT and a 3.5 high school GPA.
The freshmen AIM HIGH Award can be renewed up to three additional years, totaling $8,000 over the course of four years, as long as the recipient completes a minimum of 30 credit hours per year and maintains a 3.0 SIU GPA.
2- SALUKI SCHOLARS AWARD
The Saluki Scholars Award is available to both new freshmen and new transfer students entering fall 2020, and is valued at $2,000 per year.
New freshmen students who meet the AIM HIGH criteria*, have between a 18-23 ACT or 960-1150 SAT and at least a 3.0 high school GPA are eligible for the award.
The Freshmen Saluki Scholars Award may be renewed for an additional three years for high school graduates, totaling $8,000 over the course of four years, as long as the recipient completes a minimum of 24 credits per year and maintains a 3.0 SIU GPA.
New transfer students who meet the AIM HIGH criteria*, transfer a minimum of 30 credit hours and earn between a 3.25-3.49 transfer GPA are eligible for the Transfer Saluki Scholars Award.
The Transfer Saluki Scholars Award may be renewed for an additional two years, totaling up to $6,000 over the course of three years, as long as the recipient completes a minimum of 24 credits per year and maintains a 3.0 GPA.
*AIM HIGH Criteria
To qualify for AIM HIGH funds, students must:
• Be a resident of Illinois ad graduated from an Illinois high school
• Be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
• Complete a FAFSA and have a household income that does not exceed six times the poverty rate.
• Meet full admission criteria
• Be a new first time student started Fall 2020
• Be enrolled as a full-time student(at least 122 hrs) in a baccalaureate degree program.
Data provided by Amber Rivers, Academic Scholarships Coordinator


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

Trio SSS Staff hosts and participates in various activities across campus to educate and engage faculty and staff with low-income students on campus.
• Provides presentations during Graduate School Orientation for new Graduate and Teaching Assistants which help them develop strategies for the classroom.
• Solicit faculty and staff presenters for program workshops which not only provides information for students, but also an opportunity for faculty and staff to understand and engage with this student population.
• Host annual events that help students develop relationships and share their issues and concerns with administration, faculty and staff.
Data provided by Renada D. Greer, Assistant Dean of Students


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

• The SIUC Project Upward Bound is an educational assistance program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to assist qualifying high school students in developing the skills and motivation necessary for successful completion of post-secondary education or training.
Data provided by Antyne Lester, PROJECT UPWARD BOUND Director
• The Saluki Summer Bridge program is designed to help first-year students get an early start and adjust to student life. The program specifically helps incoming freshman prepare for their first semester at SIU. If selected, SIU provides a scholarship to cover the cost of housing, meals, courses and other expenses during the program.
Data provided by Renada D. Greer, Assistant Dean of Students
• The First Scholars® program is open to first-time freshmen who are first-generation college students (neither parent has more than two years of education beyond high school and has not earned a post-secondary degree) who enroll full-time at SIU.
Twenty students were selected to participate in a comprehensive support program including academic, social, personal development and financial awards of $5,000 each academic year, half disbursed in the fall semester and half disbursed in the spring semester. Students can receive the award for a total of 4 years if program requirements continue to be met.
This scholarship requires that the recipients live on campus within the First Scholars Living Learning Community for their first academic year and outside of the family home the following three academic years in order to renew the scholarship. The First Scholars Program will no longer be funded after May 2019. The cohort 2015-2019 was the last cohort accepted into the First Scholars Program.
Data provided by Cristina Castillo, Coordinator at the Hispanic Resource Center.


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

SIU McNair Scholars Program
Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the SIU McNair Program prepares undergraduates for graduate school through research and scholarly activities. Our program links students to faculty members who provide intensive, hands-on, mentored research experiences for eight weeks during the summer. Students receive a research award of $2800 for participating in the Summer Research Institute. Also, students participate in workshops, classes, graduate school visits, conferences, and personal and professional development activities throughout the school year. The scholarship program serves first generation, low- income students regardless of their ethnicity and students underrepresented in graduate education.
Data provided by Rhetta Seymour, Program Director


A brief description of the institution’s targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:

There are various Scholarships that SIU provides for specific schools and counties around Illinois.
- The Keith and Carol Sanders Alumni Scholarship is designed to encourage high-achieving, low-income students from Benton Consolidated High School in Benton, Illinois to attend Southern Illinois University Carbondale, especially if they are from an alumni family. If no students from Benton Consolidated High School are eligible, then students from Franklin County, Illinois may be considered.
Data provided by Amber Rivers, Academic Scholarships Coordinator


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

The Creative and Scholarly Saluki Rookies (CSSR) engages SIUC undergraduate students with fewer than 75 credit hours at the start of the fall semester in faculty-mentored, hands-on research and/or creative activities. Students explore their intended majors or areas of interest, develop relationships with faculty in their field, and gain valuable research and critical thinking skills.
Ultimately the program goal is to improve the retention of promising, high achieving first-year students, particularly first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented minority students, by providing the academic and psycho-social support necessary to facilitate a seamless transition from high school to the sophomore year of college.
-Community members who are low income Senior Citizens can audit courses for free.


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:

-Non-Traditional Student Services Activity Scholarship is awarded to a non-traditional undergraduate student with a commitment to academics, service, and campus involvement.
-Piper-McMahan Endowed Scholarship is Awarded to a full-time,non-traditional sophomore, junior, or senior who attended high school in Jackson County, IL. The financial need of the student will be considered but will not be the single most important factor
Data provided by Kathy Smith-Shaffer, Assistant Dean of Students


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 Child Development Laboratories (CDL), in partnership with and under the direction of the Southern Region Early Childhood Programs (SRECP), offers pre-service teaching opportunities for Early Childhood students in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. SRECP receives funding from the Illinois State Board of Education through its Early Childhood Block grant. SRECP holds partnerships with nineteen public school districts and the Child Development Laboratories on the campus of Southern Illinois University. CDL follows the Department of Children and Family Services Licensing Regulations, the Illinois State Board of Education Early Childhood Block Grant Compliance Guidelines, the Illinois Early Learning Development and Standards, and the Illinois Early Learning Guidelines for Children Birth to Age Three.
The high quality educational experience is available for children and families who qualify for the program. A developmental screening and interview process is conducted to determine program eligibility for each child. Eligible children are offered classroom experiences to meet their developmental needs. CDL provides classroom experiences for infants between the ages of 6 weeks to 15 months, toddlers between the ages of 15 months and 36 months, and preschoolers ages 3 -5 years old. Also, the financial need of the child will be considered but will not be the single most important factor. All classrooms are for five day enrollment with morning, afternoon, or full day sessions.
CDL serves as an observation and research site for University faculty and students. These individuals represent many colleges and departments on the SIUC campus that access the facility to enhance their knowledge of child development and early childhood education.
Data provided by Lisa Brown, Program Leader

In addition, Rainbow's End, housed in its own building just north of the Student Recreation Center, provides SIUC students and employees with a year-round care program for their children, ages 6 weeks to 12 years. Rainbow's End also offers after-school and evening.Rainbow's End contracts with IDHS (Illinois Department of Human Services) to offer the Child Care Assistance Program to families. The families apply through our local Child Care Resource and Referral Agency who determines how much of their child care will be paid by IDHS and what their co-pay will be.
Also , there is a sliding scale for child tuition with the SIU student rate being the lowest rate for the families.Beside that, the payments from DCFS (Department of Children and Family Services) for tuition of foster children whose foster parents need child care programs are accepted.
Data provided by Karen Samuel, Director at Rainbow's End


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

The Non-Traditional Student Services (NTSS), a unit of the Dean of Students, serves SIU Carbondale’s adult student population through guidance, support, and resource referral to enhance educational experiences from the point of entry to degree completion. NTSS also seeks to foster a sense of belonging among adult students by building community through scholarship, service, and support.
Data provided by Kathy Smith-Shaffer, Assistant Dean of 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):
42

The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):
28.60

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):
47

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):
41

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):
1.60

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Part 2 Data provided by :
1- Dee Rotolo, Interim Director at Financial Aid Office.
2- Jacqualine T Felton, Researcher at INSTITUTIONAL RESEARCH AND STUDIES

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