Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.73
Liaison Katherine Spector
Submission Date Aug. 1, 2011
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STARS v1.0

State University of New York at Oswego
PAE-10: Affordability and Access Programs

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Thad Mantaro
Assistant Director
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Does the institution have policies and programs in place to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:

A brief description of the institution’s participation in federal TRIO programs:

The Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program is a TRIO grant funded by the United States Department of Education that aims to increase the number of low-income, first generation as well as historically underrepresented students in graduate school, doctoral programs, and the professoriate.

A brief description of the institution’s policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students?:

The College makes every effort to minimize the costs to all students, including low-income students. The tuition and many fee limits are set centrally by the State University of New York. The cost of some fees, including room and board, are set on the campus and each year the costs of services are carefully scrutinized to assure we are able to maintain costs at the lowest possible levels.

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

The Financial Aid Office staff is trained to address the concerns of low-income students. The staff, in addition to having a very genuine concern for helping all students, also attend trainings and participate in webinars to enhance their knowledge of programs available to assist students. We make every effort to insure students receive all aid they are eligible for and are aware of all programs and services available to them.

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

We provide several programs each year to help students manage their debt, create a personal budget, understand the dangers of misusing credit and other financial-related topics. These programs help our students be better prepared not only to minimize college costs , but also prepares them to have a strong understanding of money management as they graduate and begin life after college. We also teach students and alumni about loan forgiveness options that they may be elibigible for after they graduate if they choose to work in certain professions.

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

SUNY Oswego's aid is entirely need based. Of the roughly 75 million dollars in aid provided annually, all is need-based including a diverse range of loans, scholarships and work study support.

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

SUNY Oswego provides hundreds of college nights and outreach programs linking the Admissions and Financial Aid departments to needy students across NY State.

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

Representatives from the Admissions department visit over 400 High Schools per year, hosting over 200 college nights with special attention to the needs of students of low-income or color.

A brief description of the institution’s other admissions policies and programs:

The college engages in a direct mail program of over 50,000 pieces annually from which a good fraction target communications to students considered to be high need, or low income.

A brief description of the institution’s other financial aid polices or programs:


A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs not covered above:

There is a high school visitation program that brings low-income and students of color to campus from significant Metropolitan areas.

The website URL where information about programs in each of the areas listed above is available:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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