Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 45.93
Liaison Gabrielle Jette
Submission Date April 13, 2022

STARS v2.2

The Catholic University of America
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.71 / 4.00
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Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :

Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:

Percentage of entering students that are low-income:

Graduation/success rate for low-income students:

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

Access and affordability has been the focus at Catholic University with a number of major policy changes in the last 5 years. While we do not cover full need, over the years our commitment to increasing need based aid has been met with the following changes. 1. All Undergraduate Scholarships are stacked on top of current merit and need based awarding. 2. Impact Scholarships for students with $5000 more of unmet need are awarded for students who express concerns with affordability. 3. Effective 2022/2023 we have eliminated the use of the CSS Profile to award institutional need based aid. 4. We have forged relationships with Cristo Rey Schools throughout the country and Washington DC Public Schools to address access and affordability. 4. We stack federal grant aid to help cover fees, room and board. 5. We have an appeal process that helps students who have been impacted by financial losses or other situations that may impact financial need. 5. Each year the admissions counselors make recommendations for a student to have full need met up to tuition. The number of students has expanded with our relationship with Cristo Rey and DC CAP.

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

The data above is defined by our first time full time freshman since we are primarily a traditional campus.

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:

Website URL where information about the institution’s accessibility and affordability initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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