Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.85
Liaison Kelly Wellman
Submission Date Dec. 11, 2020

STARS v2.2

Texas A&M University
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.83 / 4.00 Jennifer Reyes
Director
Vice President & Associate Provost for Diversity
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Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :
58.31

Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:
58.50

Percentage of entering students that are low-income:
22.54

Graduation/success rate for low-income students:
73.32

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

We have a number of programs that seek to assist students from low SES, including, but not limited to: Kids to College, Aggie Summer Institute, Regent's Scholarship, College Bound Sunday, ISD and High School Scholarship, Community Connections Scholarship, and Aggie Assurance. These programs are designed to teach low SES students what college path is best for them, which types of financial aid are available to them, how to write applications for financial aid, and to provide financial incentives for low SES students.

• The College of Liberal Arts is offering 100% need-based scholarships to undergraduate
students to support students from lower income groups who would like to attend college.
We see this as an equity effort that provides educational access to low-income students.
• Texas A&M at Galveston (TAMUG) completed a study of student debt for TAMUG
graduates (N= 1,429) from the past five years (2010-2015).
• Student Business Services, in the Division of Academic Affairs, began offering a series of
Financial Literacy classes to help students understand the psychology of money and to offer
long-term insight into financial decisions that can be made today to assist in obtaining future
goals.
• The College of Science includes graduate students as members of departmental committees
such as graduate admissions and programs committees. Student office space is evaluated to
make sure there are no unintentional inequities. Graduate student leadership organizations in
each department are provided funding for their activities. Biology added a student
representative to monthly faculty meetings. Finally, in findings from campus climate
research, graduate students reported high stress related to finances and a desire for
professional/leadership development. All PhD students in the college receive a monthly
stipend.


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

Adult and Non-Traditional Student Services

Texas A&M is home to over 7,000 non-traditional students; our non-trads broaden the diversity of opinions and experiences both inside and outside the classroom. We define a non-traditional student as anyone:
•over the age of 25
•married or partnered
•having dependents
•who served in a branch of the Armed Forces
•who is financially independent
•who works full-time
•who is enrolled part-time

The Office of Adult, Graduate and Off Campus Student Services provides support, resources, and programming for our non-traditional students. We also welcome our non-trads to campus by hosting a non-traditional student session at each Transfer New Student Conference. Please view our programs, publications and resources pages to find more information relevant to non-traditional students; if you have any additional questions, feel free to contact our office at 979-845-1741

Pinnacle National Honor Society is a national honor society that recognizes non-traditional students for their academic and co-curricular accomplishments. Texas A&M University has been a chartered institutional member since 1995. Adult, Graduate and Off Campus Student Services accepts applications and nominations for the spring class of Pinnacle each January.

Non-Traditional Student Listserv

The Non Traditional Student Listerv is a great way to connect with other non traditional students. AGOSS sends out bi-monthly e-newsletters with information for non traditional students and occasional e-mails about events for non traditional students. Subscribe to the listserv.

Aggies With Kids

Are you a parent and a student? Do you feel disconnected from other students because of your life experiences? The Aggies with Kids listserv provides an outlet to help student parents connect with others. You can post questions, share advice and visit with other parent students. Join today and get connected! Subscribe to the listserv.

Non-Traditional Student Facebook Group

We invite all non-traditional students to join the Texas A&M Non-Traditional Student Facebook group. This group is updated regularly by AGOSS to ensure that students know about upcoming events, programs and information relevant to non-traditional students. The group also allows non-traditional students to connect with one another and find other students with similar experiences. Join the group!

Campus Based Family Housing

The Gardens apartments are designed with married students, students with dependent children, and students who are U.S. Military veterans in mind.

Family Friendly Events in B/CS

Searching for something fun to do with the whole family? Check out these family friendly upcoming events.

Searching for Childcare

Texas A&M University and the Bryan/College Station community have several options open to parents in need of childcare services. This page connects student parents with childcare options including parent’s night out, the Becky Gates Children’s Center, and community childcare listings.

Restaurant Discounts

Looking for a cheap place to eat around town? This document lists some of the restaurants that offer military and student discounts.


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:
25.88

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