Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 70.01
Liaison Rebecca Walker
Submission Date April 13, 2022

STARS v2.2

Southern Oregon University
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.27 / 4.00 Rebecca Walker
Sustainability Manager
Facilities, Management, Sustainability and Planning
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Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :
62

Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:
42

Percentage of entering students that are low-income:
35.40

Graduation/success rate for low-income students:
31.50

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

Examples of institutional policies and programs that help keep an SOU education accessible to our low-income students include:

• Application fee waived for low-income prospective SOU students upon the request of their high school guidance counselor
• The application fee will be waived for students who attend an Application Workshop or SOU’s Friday info sessions
• Deferral of the Matriculation Fee until financial aid has been disbursed to students
• Test optional admission
• On-campus housing is waived for local students
• Merit scholarships for OR resident first-year students start at 2.85 GPA
• First-year students who take Military Science courses get 50% off their housing
• Jackson-Josephine County Pledge
• Success at Southern (TRiO Program)
• Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program
• Bridge Program (offers up to 4 free credits)
• Advance Southern Credit (earn SOU college credit in high school at a fraction of the cost)
• Articulated programs with community colleges
• North State Promise (California Counties: Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama, Trinity, & Modoc)
• Abundant of jobs on campus including work study for Pell eligible
• Foreign language placement and credit buy back
• Student food pantry
• Approximately $2 million in institutional tuition remission programs (scholarships) awarded annually based on financial need


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

SOU has implemented a number of micro-credential programs and non-degree pathways to help non-traditional students learn new skills. These include some 100% online masters programs in fields including but not limited to a Masters in Business Administration and a Masters in Education.


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:
70

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