|Submission Date||Dec. 13, 2015|
PA-8: Affordability and Access
Associate Vice President
Does the institution have policies and programs in place 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:
The policy is informal, but powerful. If you have financial need, Transylvania will try to help you out. This is true for incoming first-years, and for students who hit financial difficulties later in their academic career.
A brief description of any programs to equip the institution’s faculty and staff to better serve students from low-income backgrounds:
There is a faculty emphasis on teaching to/about diversity in all its forms, including economic diversity. However, faculty and staff are aware of the extensive aid available for low-income students, and know to direct students struggling financially to the financial aid office
Our most recent graduating cohort had a Pell grant recipient 6-year graduation rate of 60%.
A brief description of any programs to prepare students from low-income backgrounds for higher education:
A brief description of the institution's scholarships for low-income students:
Transylvania has a large institutionally-funded, need-based grant program with a budget of over $1 million a year. Additionally, over 25% of the students receive a federal Pell grant, and over 60% of our students have financial need as measured by the FAFSA.
This recruiting year, we added a new scholarship to increase diversity, economic and ethnic, at our institution.
A brief description of any programs to guide parents of low-income students through the higher education experience:
A brief description of any targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:
Transylvania has strategic partnerships with several community based organizations that work with low-income students. We will work to financially assist students who qualify for admission.
A brief description of other admissions policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:
Transylvania has an open admissions policy that does not look at income of the family, otherwise known as a need blind admissions policy.
On average, 1/3rd of our incoming class tends to be first generation college students, which highly correlates to income.
A brief description of other financial aid policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:
Transylvania participates in all of the usual federal and state aid programs. In general, if a student has financial need, we try to meet it.
A brief description of other policies and programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students not covered above:
Does the institution have policies and programs in place to support non-traditional students?:
A brief description of any scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:
A brief description of any onsite child care facilities, partnerships with local facilities, and/or subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of students:
A brief description of other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:
Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (accessibility and affordability indicators)?:
Indicators that the institution is accessible and affordable to low-income students::
|The percentage of entering students that are low-income||---|
|The graduation/success rate for low-income students||---|
|The percentage of student financial need met, on average||---|
|The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt||---|
The percentage of students that participate in or directly benefit from the institution’s policies and programs to support low-income and non-traditional students:
The website URL where information about the institution's affordability and access programs is available:
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.