|Submission Date||May 9, 2017|
The Ohio State University at Lima
PA-7: Affordability and Access
|1.66 / 4.00||
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:
University tuition rates are set by senior leadership at the Columbus campus for all six Ohio State University campuses. The current regional campus full-time tuition rate is $3,570 per semester, approximately 2/3 of the Columbus campus’ tuition rate and one of the lowest four-year university tuition rates in Ohio. In addition, beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year, OSU President Michael Drake earmarked $20 million in “President’s Affordability Grants,” giving full-time students with high to moderate need an additional $1,000 per year in university-based grant funds.
A brief description of any programs to equip the institution’s faculty and staff to better serve students from low-income backgrounds:
A brief description of the institution’s programs to guide and prepare students and families from low-income backgrounds for higher education:
The Young Scholars Program has been preparing scholars for success and contributing to the diversity of The Ohio State University since 1988. Connecting multiple levels of education, the Young Scholar Program enhances the professional development and personal growth of high-ability academically gifted first-generation students with financial need in grades 8-12 from nine Ohio school districts: Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Lorain, Toledo, and Youngstown.
Once selected, scholars agree to complete a college preparatory curriculum in middle and high school to build a solid foundation for college studies. Many of our scholars maintain at least a B average (a grade point average of 3.3 or better) and thus enter college well-prepared to succeed in their majors. Scholars in good standing upon high school graduation receive an appropriate financial aid package consisting of scholarships and federal grants to cover their tuition and room and board at Ohio State.
The Economic Access Initiative at Ohio State also provides college planning information to low-income and first generation primary and secondary school students.
A brief description of the institution's scholarships for low-income students:
The Freshman Foundation Program offers need-based grants to Ohio students. Eligibility is determined on the basis of financial need as established by federal guidelines and on academic and leadership credentials, race/ethnic/tribal background, county of residence, potential first-generation college graduate, and other factors.
The Scarlet and Gray Grant is university-funded grant assistance that is awarded to Columbus campus undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need. Our Young Scholars Program also provides funding for low-income students.
A brief description of the institution’s targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:
The Young Scholar Program targets first-generation students with financial need in grades 8-12 from nine Ohio school districts: Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Lorain, Toledo, and Youngstown.
A brief description of the institution’s other policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion partners with public schools to provide student and parent workshops targeting first-generation and low-income college students. Additionally, the Young Scholars Program provides parent workshops designed to help parents support their children’s college pursuits, and the annual Bridge Builders Forum, the MLK Scholars, and the Hispanic Excellence program (LASER) provide college access workshops for parents and students across the state.
• The Ohio State regional campuses still offer open admission to Ohio residents who have earned a high school diploma or GED.
• In addition to the responses above, it should be noted that the Ohio State regional campuses serve a significantly poorer student population than the Columbus campus, with approximately 50% of regional campus students being eligible for Federal Pell Grants, compared to approximately 22% for Columbus campus undergraduates.
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:
A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s ACCESS Collaborative Program is an academic and social support program to assist low-income, single parent students who are pursuing a college education at The Ohio State University. While the program strives to increase the retention rates of all low-income, single parent students, attention is given to the unique circumstances of students from diverse social groups, including minorities. By minimizing the barriers that may prevent their full participation, the ACCESS Collaborative Program works to create a campus climate that is inclusive for all.
• Programming on parenting and life skills; child development; and financial planning
• Single parent group
• Priority registration
• Scholarship opportunities, mentoring, professional development, evening child care, housing assistance
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:
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.