Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 38.83
Liaison James Vollrath
Submission Date Dec. 16, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Texas State University, San Marcos
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.35 / 4.00 James Vollrath
Office of 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:

To increase access to higher education, Texas State offers the Bobcat Promise. This program guarantees free tuition and mandatory fees for 15 credit hours per semester (not to exceed one's demonstrated need) to new entering freshmen with a family adjusted gross income that does not exceed $35,000. http://www.finaid.txstate.edu/undergraduate/freshman-aid-programs/bobcatpromise.html

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

Texas State has a variety of services and programs to better serve students from low-income backgrounds. One example of this is Student Support Services. This program is provided to students in need that meet the qualifications (first generation students, low-income, disabled). Students that qualify can receive one-on-one tutoring, group study programs, peer mentoring, skill building workshops and seminars, career tips, networking opportunities, calculator loan programs, and extensive financial aid information. In addition to this, a comprehensive list of available services offered in the area including free legal help, food banks, and food stamps.

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

The university has the Non-Traditional Student Organization. The Non-Traditional Student Organization (NTSO) has been a chartered student organization at Texas State University since 1987 and is open to all non-traditional students. NTSO fosters a community that supports students with life experience and helps make their experience at Texas State a successful one.

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 mission of the Texas State Child Development Center (CDC) is to provide a model early education and child care program for university students, staff, faculty, and the community.
Primary purpose is to provide an environment in which children can develop intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally within a play-based developmentally appropriate curriculum under the guidance of qualified teachers and staff. Furthermore, they are there to support the university's mission of research, teaching, and community service by promoting access to higher education to a diverse population.

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:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

1. Page 37 of the Texas Higher Education file:///C:/Users/gtr21/AppData/Local/Temp/10900.PDF  
2. Almanac IPEDS - https://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/datacenter/InstitutionProfile.aspx?unitId=adadb3afb0b4

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.