Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 63.09
Liaison Elida Erickson
Submission Date April 17, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of California, Santa Cruz
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.64 / 4.00 Elida Erickson
Sustainability Director
Sustainability Office
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Does the institution have policies and programs in place to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:
Yes

A brief description of any policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students:

All student complete the FAFSA requirements. Low-income students are likely to receive larger amounts of grants and aid.


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

Educational Opportunities Program: Provides a variety of academic and personal support programs designed to improve the retention and academic success of first-generation, low-income, or educationally disadvantaged college students. EOP serves to enhance undergraduate experiences by helping students acquire the skills to prepare for graduate programs, professional school, and future leadership roles. http://eop.ucsc.edu/


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

UCSC Undergraduate Scholarships

All students, both entering and continuing, will be automatically considered for UCSC Scholarships based on their admissions application and/or academic record. Scholarships do not have to be repaid!

Campus Merit Scholarships are awarded to students in recognition of both academic achievement and demonstrated financial need. These scholarships are renewable and pay from $500 to $1,500 per year. Renewal is dependent on full-time enrollment and maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Restricted Scholarships are awarded from funds donated to the campus by benefactors of the university. A variety of restricted scholarships are available which recognize special attributes such as county of residence, academic majors, special interests, and family background.


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

Information includes brochures and trainings as well as counseling when needed.
http://financialaid.ucsc.edu/forms-resources/brochures%20guides/Your%20Guide%202011-12.pdf


A brief description of any targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:

The Educational Partnership Center coordinates the student academic preparation efforts of the University of California, Santa Cruz with the goal of increasing access and opportunity to postsecondary education for students across the Monterey Bay and Silicon Valley/San Jose regions. Our focus is on helping underserved students in our region reach and succeed in college.

Through six vital programs and with support from federal and state funding, we provide an array of direct services which support students on the college-going pathway through tutoring, mentoring, academic planning and counseling, leadership training, test preparation, college awareness and enrichment, and teacher professional development.

Engaging Education (e²) is a Student-Initiated Outreach and Retention Center for student engagement and academic excellence. It is a supportive and dynamic space for programming that addresses the low rates of recruitment, retention and graduation that historically under resourced communities face within higher education.To build a foundation for students to grow and engage in grassroots organizing, student activism, community building both inside and outside the university and understanding of legacies of social justice struggles.e² partners with the University of California community to provide a purposeful, transformative and relevant educational experience for all students.


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

Information includes brochures and trainings as well as counseling when needed.
http://financialaid.ucsc.edu/forms-resources/brochures%20guides/Your%20Guide%202011-12.pdf


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

The passage of California Dream Acts — AB 130 and AB 131 — extend eligibility for certain types of institutional and state aid to students, including undocumented students, who qualify for benefits under another California law — AB 540 — which exempts students from paying non-resident supplemental tuition. We refer to our students as "Dreamers". The Financial Aid Office and UC Santa Cruz are highly committed to the success of Dreamer students, and are proud of the many Dreamers who have been selected to join our campus. Beyond financial resources, we offer many support programs and a support advocacy group for our dreamers. If you are not eligible to receive aid by submitting the FAFSA and you meet the AB540 criteria, submit the The Dream Application now for 2012-13 benefits. Eligible students will be offered UC Santa Cruz Scholarships for fall 2012 and UC Santa Cruz Grants for winter and spring of 2013. In 2013-14, students will also be able to eligible to apply for state Cal Grants.


A brief description of other policies and programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students not covered above:
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Does the institution have policies and programs in place to support non-traditional students?:
No

A brief description of any scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:
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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:
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A brief description of other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:
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Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (accessibility and affordability indicators)?:
Yes

Indicators that the institution is accessible and affordable to low-income students::
Percentage (0-100)
The percentage of entering students that are low-income 43
The graduation/success rate for low-income students 77.60
The percentage of student financial need met, on average 75.40
The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt 18.30

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:
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The website URL where information about the institution's affordability and access programs is available:

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