Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 88.59
Liaison Richard Demerjian
Submission Date Aug. 11, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of California, Irvine
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 4.00 Patricia Morales
Associate Vice Chancellor
Enrollment Management
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Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :
81

Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:
54

Percentage of entering students that are low-income:
38

Graduation/success rate for low-income students:
86

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

We have a robust university grant program that sets aside 33% of tuition and fees paid to offer grants to low/middle income students to minimize their cost of attendance, reduce the need for borrowing and promote access and affordability. In the current academic year, we made over $112m available for need-based grants through this program. The campus also offers low-interest fixed rate loans to very low-income students to reduce the need for these families to borrow a parent loan.


A brief description of notable policies or programs to support non-traditional students:

UCI offers a comprehensive program of support for non-traditional students, including students with families. This includes child care services, counseling services, health insurance, family housing, lactation stations, and transportation services. (https://www.grad.uci.edu/about-us/students-with-families.php)

UCI Veteran Services supports student veterans with understanding their educational benefits and providing resources and programs to support their transition to student life. (https://veteran.uci.edu/)


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:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s accessibility and affordability initiatives is available:
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Notes about submission:
- Data provided is the most recent available from academic year 2019-2020.
- Figures reported represent all undergraduate students, the largest admissions group and student cohort at UCI.

For more information about access and affordability at UCI, see:

UCI ranked No. 15 in Top 50 U.S. Colleges That Pay Off the Most (July 19, 2019)
https://news.uci.edu/2019/07/19/uci-ranked-no-15-in-top-50-u-s-colleges-that-pay-off-the-most/

First-generation students make up more than half of UCI’s class of 2019 (June 4, 2019)
https://news.uci.edu/2019/06/04/first-generation-students-make-up-more-than-half-of-ucis-class-of-2019/

UCI is No. 1 in nation among public universities for ‘best value,’ according to Forbes (April 24, 2019)
https://news.uci.edu/2019/04/24/forbes-ranks-uci-no-1-in-nation-among-publics-for-best-value/

Almost half of students offered admission for fall quarter at UCI are first-generation (July 11, 2018)
https://news.uci.edu/2018/07/11/almost-half-of-students-offered-admission-for-fall-quarter-at-uci-are-first-generation/

First-generation students make up half of UCI’s class of 2018 (June 4, 2018)
https://news.uci.edu/2018/06/04/first-generation-students-make-up-half-of-ucis-class-of-2018/

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