Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 66.64
Liaison Beth Klein
Submission Date April 23, 2015
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

State University of New York at Cortland
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 4.00 Beth Klein
Campus Sustainability Coordinato
Early Childhood Education
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Does the institution have policies and programs in place 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:

SUNY Cortland participates in most federal and state financial aid programs. The award letter contains one or more of the four major types of financial aid listed below.

Grants and Student Employment
Federal Loans
Scholarships
Private Loans and Additional Funding Opportunities

Most grants, student employment and loan eligibility are determined by using the information on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA.)


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

ASAP (Academic Support and Achievement Program)staff team with faculty to provide academic learning and time management support to students. The Student Disabilities Office coordinates assistance for self-identified students with disabilities.
The Summer Diversity Institute provides faculty with strategies for incorporating diversity into curriculum.


A brief description of any programs to prepare students from low-income backgrounds for higher education:

*The Summer EOP Institute prepares accepted low-income students with techniques and strategies for achieving academic success.
*Access to College Education helps to prepare high school students for college.
*Academic Support and Achievement Program helps students to develop effective learning strategies that are tailored to their individual learning style.


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

Most SUNY Cortland scholarships are need-based. (See www2.cortland.edu/cost-aid/financial-aid/scholarships) One example of such a scholarship is the 1st generation Fantauzzi scholarships.


A brief description of any programs to guide parents of low-income students through the higher education experience:

See Financial Aid website for a wealth of information for students and parents (www2.cortland.edu/cost-aid/financial-aid)

FAQ/high school presentations by staff of the Financial Aid Office occur regularly within and outside the Cortland area.


A brief description of any targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:

In the past several years the Admissions Office has made a concerted effort to raise the level of diversity on the Cortland campus. Currently approximately 18% of students self-report as being non-white.


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

General criteria for admissions to SUNY Cortland are available at www2.cortland.edu/about/facts-figures/common-data-set.pdf , and on the Admissions website. Applications may be made via the Common Application or the SUNY online application. The easiest, fastest and most secure way to apply is online. We accept The Common Application and the The SUNY Online application. Choose just one way to apply; both require a $50 non-refundable application fee.


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

See Fin Aid webpage at www2.cortland.edu/cost-aid/financial-aid/ . Scholarships, federal and Family Plus loans, work study information are outlined there.


A brief description of other policies and programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students not covered above:

SUNY System encourages the hire of minority and women's owned businesses MWBE (Minority Women Business Enterprises)in NYS for all purchasing or contracts. (See www.suny.edu/meansbusiness/vendors/mwbe_faqs.cfm )


Does the institution have policies and programs in place to support non-traditional students?:
Yes

A brief description of any scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:

The Non-Trad. advisor, Student Lounge and club


A brief description of any onsite child care facilities, partnerships with local facilities, and/or subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of students:

The campus provides on site Child Care Center for non- traditional student and discounts based on the income.


A brief description of other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:

The campus provides NOn -Trad. dtudnet Lounge that provides a place for the students to study and relax as well a computer lab.


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (accessibility and affordability indicators)?:
No

Indicators that the institution is accessible and affordable to low-income students::
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The percentage of entering students that are low-income ---
The graduation/success rate for low-income students ---
The percentage of student financial need met, on average ---
The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt ---

The 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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The website URL where information about the institution's affordability and access programs is available:

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