Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 47.67
Liaison Tony Gillund
Submission Date May 9, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

The Ohio State University at Mansfield
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.67 / 4.00 Norman Jones
Associate Dean
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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:

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:

Faculty and staff have been exposed to Bridges Out of Poverty and numerous speakers to increase awareness of the potential challenges that low-income students may have.

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

The SMART Program (Students Making a Realistic Transition) is an umbrella program for two targeted learning communities: Buckeye Scholars of Color and New Generation Scholars (first generation students). Through these learning communities, students take classes, form study groups and participate in campus events as a community. Students are given additional academic support through the student success coordinator, campus counselor, diversity director and the disabilities coordinator. Faculty participate in cookouts, picnics, book clubs, and other campus events to engage with students on an informal basis. Students learn that often faculty members have had similar challenges and successes during their college and early professional careers; these informal events help build rapport and open lines of faculty/student communication.

The OSU Mansfield Office of Diversity and Inclusion partners with its Admissions office during recruitment and orientation to provide student and family sessions targeting first-generation and low-income college students. These sessions provide information regarding financial aid, academic support, counseling and disabilities services and family strategies to assist students in becoming academically and socially successful.

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:

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.

Services Offered:
• 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:

Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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