Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 68.26
Liaison Chris Bond
Submission Date March 22, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Unity Environmental University
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.56 / 4.00 Stacey Hachey
Administrative Assistant
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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:

97% of Unity College students receive financial aid. We attract and enroll many first-generation college students, the greatest number of which come from Maine. Various financial aid packages and incentives focus on supporting students of limited means. These aid packages and related discount rate often make costs for a Unity College education comparable to that of state public institutions.

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

We have an ongoing relationship with National Endowment for Financial Education since 2008 that provides financial literacy to faculty and staff on assisting low income students.

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

The school offers significant Learning Resource Center, Career Services, and Counseling Center services to support all of our students. These services are frequently directed to support under-prepared students from low-income backgrounds. The financial aid office also provides guidance for scholarship opportunities / Parents and incoming students receive resource lists for financing education in their financial aid packages. New Student Orientation, visiting day programs, and communications from the Student Affairs office include appropriate information sessions and materials for parents regarding a successful college experience for their students. (Answered two separate questions before)

A brief description of the institution's scholarships for low-income students:

All Maine residents are eligible for the Unity Access Scholarship for Maine Residents based on their financial aid application.

Most Unity College scholarships are merit based.

A brief description of the institution’s targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:

The college targets all prospective students who are a considered a good match for the sustainability science based programs. In that pool, there is a variance of EFC. We work individually with students to address their financial needs.

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

Food available in TerraHaus for anyone who needs it from Dining Services and McKay Farm, we have a selection of warm clothing available to students who are in need.

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:

Commuter students representative on the Student Government Association, liaison to VA in Registrar's Office

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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