Overall Rating Reporter - expired
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Liaison Maria Ayala
Submission Date Dec. 25, 2013
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STARS v1.2

Universidad San Francisco de Quito
PAE-10: Affordability and Access Programs

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Reporter David Romo
Head of Ethnic Diversity
Ethnic Diversity
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Does the institution have policies and programs in place to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:

A brief description of the institution’s participation in federal TRIO programs:

This does not apply to Ecuador

A brief description of the institution’s policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students?:

All students who enter “Diversidad Etnica” are provided with scholarships or financial assistance, with the majority falling in a 75% scholarship and 25% financial aid, which are then repaid in accordance to their income at the time they enter the work force. The loan, to be repaid on a 3-year basis and has no penalty for late payment.
Economic support goes even further than in-school. USFQ graduates from the program have applied for international masters and the University has paid for the airplane tickets.

A brief description of the institution’s 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 prepare students from low-income backgrounds for higher education:

Students have prologue before they start classes. They continuously have the support of tutors who monitor and help them develop "strategies" for their classes.

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

A brief description of the institution’s programs to guide parents of low-income students through the higher education experience:

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

A brief description of the institution’s other admissions policies and programs:

The program is limited to students identifying themselves as an ethnicity. Students hear about the program from admission officers or other fellow students who will suggest they approach the diversity office.

In order to join as a student under the diversity program and the scholarship the candidate has to get a 1500 out of 2400 possible total points, while regular students are asked a minimum of 1800 points just to be admitted to the University.

In order to stay in the program, the students have to achieve a minimum average of 2.5/4.00 per semester and accumulated (other students who have financial aid need a 3.2/4.00 average per semester). They also need to regularly attend classes and show up to the meetings with their tutors that oversee their academic performance as well as guide them in their personal challenges.

A brief description of the institution’s other financial aid polices or programs:

As for general affordability for all students the University offers a combination of scholarship with financial assistance to students who do not have the financial resources but excel academically. In order for prospect students to apply they need a 18.5 over 20 on their overall high school scores. Maintain a 3.3 average and not score a D or lower on any classes. Scholarships and financial assistance currently rely on the yearly budget.

A total of 574 students were awarded direct scholarships (10% out of total students), while a total of 1220 students had financial assistance provided by the University (20% out of all students).

A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs not covered above:

The website URL where information about programs in each of the areas listed above is available:

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