Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.78
Liaison Lisa Mitten
Submission Date March 8, 2018
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STARS v2.1

State University of New York at New Paltz
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.96 / 4.00 Lisa Mitten
Campus Sustainability Coordinator
Office of Campus Sustainability
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Does the institution have policies and programs to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:

A brief description of any policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students:

SUNY New Paltz offers a number of programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students. Below is a list of programs based on need. For more information, visit http://www.newpaltz.edu/financialaid/grant.html

SUNY New Paltz participates in the federal work study program that provides part-time jobs to students with financial needs. http://www.newpaltz.edu/financialaid/workstudy.html

Federal Pell Grants are available to SUNY New Paltz students that have financial needs. 31% of all students at SUNY New Paltz receive Pell Grants. http://www.newpaltz.edu/financialaid/grant.html#grant

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is a federal grant awarded by the college to matriculated undergraduate students with exceptional need. It is a campus-based program and the awards may range from $100 to $4,000 per year, depending on funding. A student may receive FSEOG for the period required to complete a first baccalaureate degree.

The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) helps eligible New York residents pay tuition at approved schools in New York State. Depending on the academic year in which you begin study, an annual TAP award can be up to $5,165. Because TAP is a grant, it does not have to be paid back. Taxable income must be below a certain threshold to be eligible for TAP grants. http://www.hesc.ny.gov/pay-for-college/financial-aid/types-of-financial-aid/grants/tap-eligibility.html

EOP is a grant program for New York State residents who are admitted to the college through the Educational Opportunity Program at the beginning of their postsecondary study. Students must be full-time matriculated undergraduates. Awards are based on need and may range up to $2,800 per year. http://www.newpaltz.edu/admissions/eop.html

On April 8, 2017, it was announced that Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship, a first-of-its-kind in the nation program, will provide tuition-free college at New York’s public colleges and universities to families making up to $125,000 a year. The first-in-the-nation plan will be phased in over three years, beginning for New Yorkers making up to $100,000 annually in the fall of 2017, $110,000 in 2018, and $125,000 in 2019. The Budget additionally includes $8 million to provide open educational resources, including e-books, to students at SUNY and CUNY colleges to help defray the prohibitive cost of textbooks. http://www.suny.edu/smarttrack/types-of-financial-aid/scholarships/excelsior/

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

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

The EOP office coordinates a specialized summer orientation for incoming first-year students. This orientation includes all components of the general orientation program but offers exclusive content for EOP students that includes field trips, mentoring and specialized pre-college preparation programs. The Tutoring Center also offers free tutoring to low-income students.

SUNY New Paltz participates in programs that encourage historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students scholarships for majors in a specific field. One of these programs is called C-STEP (Collegiate Science and Technology Program). C-STEP is funded by the New York State Department of Education. Students who pursue a career in mathematics, science, technology or health-related fields qualify for the program. If chosen to participate, these students get to participate in programs that help them with research, graduate/professional school admissions preparation, standardized tests preparation and academic/career development activities.

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

The College offers a wide variety of scholarships for low-income students. A majority of these scholarships come from the SUNY New Paltz Foundation. Here are a sample of scholarships offered in the 2016-2017 academic year:
Kurt Haas Memorial Scholarship: A scholarship set up in memory of SUNY New Paltz, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Kurt Haas. One of the criteria for eligibility is a demonstration of financial need.
Sean Geng Memorial Scholarship: Established in memory of Sean Geng, a Business Administration senior and Rugby Club captain, the scholarship is for students who are part of the Rugby Club and can show financial need.
Irma and David Goldkopf Scholarship Fund: Established through the generosity of Irma and David Goldknophf, this fund was established to assist students with financial need and who are participants in the Education Opportunity Program.
Kristen Rodecker Memorial Award: Established to help support students with financial need and who are English / Secondary Education students.
Communication Disorders Scholarship: Offered to a student who demonstrates financial need and who is enrolled as Pre-Communication Disorders or a Communication Disorders major.
Clionian Scholarship: Established by the Clio Sorority to help provide scholarships to students who have declared a major in education and can demonstrate financial need.
Larry Braun Engineering Scholarship: established to provide a resource for a female engineering student who can demonstrate financial need.
Joseph Y. Resnick Scholarship is a renewable award available to residents of Ulster County who demonstrate financial need.
Linda A. and Thomas P. Stokes Memorial Scholarship was established in honor of Linda A. and Thomas P. Stokes and is awarded for students of Fine and Performing arts based on merit with a strong emphasis on financial need.

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

The Educational Opportunity Program recruits students of color from low income backgrounds.

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

The Office of Student Accounts has a Student Emergency Fund that can partially assist students currently enrolled with meeting costs to finish a term or semester who are experiencing a severe change of family circumstances and have exhausted all other programs.

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

A brief description of the institution’s scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:

There are a variety of scholarships for students who wish to attend school at part-time:

- Part-time students are eligible for Pell Grants that they can apply for through the federal government.

-The Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS) program is a state program that awards up to $2,000 for qualified part-time undergraduate students. Eligibility for this program is based on economic need and the amount of credits the student chooses to pursue.

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 Children's Center is a licensed, non-profit corporation located at the Child Care Center on campus at SUNY New Paltz. The primary purpose of The Children's Center is to provide quality care for children of students attending classes at SUNY New Paltz. The cost of child care is subsidized by SUNY grants and the Student Association. http://www.newpaltz.edu/childrenscenter/

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

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (tracking accessibility and affordability)? (If data is not available, select 'No'):

The percentage of entering students that are low-income (0-100):

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

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):

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):

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):

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
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