Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 26.70
Liaison Raymond Bowdish
Submission Date Feb. 4, 2020
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STARS v2.1

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

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.04 / 4.00 Heather Sullivan-Catlin
Professor, Environmental Studies
Environmental Studies
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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 Potsdam offers financial aid to 78% of our students, many of whom are from low-income families.
-Our financial aid office awards SEOG (Non-Repayable Grants) to low-income students if they qualify and as long as SEOG funds are still available.
-Federal Work Study Funds are also made available to low-income students who are able and willing to work in a campus job.

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

Our Center for Creative Instruction (CCI)offers regular workshops and we recently had one on teaching first-generation students, which overlaps a good deal with being low-income.

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

We participate in the Federal TRIO Program, a federal outreach and student services programs in the United States designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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

A brief description of the institution’s targeted outreach to recruit students 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:

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:

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:

SUNY Potsdam Childcare Center
The SUNY Potsdam Child Care Center, Inc. is a fully licensed, center-based child care facility serving children of SUNY Potsdam faculty, staff and students as well as the community at large.
The center prioritizes students needing child care and offer a sliding -scale fee structure.

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

We offer a variety of services to support non-traditional students including:
- a dedicated non-trad student lounge,
- some classes offered in a variety of ways to accommodate non-trads (incl classes at satellite campuses, some weekend scheduled classes, and some online classes and programs),
- a non-trad student club: https://www.potsdam.edu/non-traditional-student-organization
-Numerous scholarships to support single parent students and student with families who are attending college full-time and working (https://www.potsdam.edu/admissions/financial-aid/types-aid/scholarships)

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:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Susan Godreau, Financial Aid
Ron Brown, Enrollment Mgmt
Judy Singh, Office of Institutional Effectiveness

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