Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 53.78
Liaison Kimberly Reeves
Submission Date Jan. 28, 2011
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STARS v1.0

University of Colorado Colorado Springs
PAE-10: Affordability and Access Programs

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Robert Bode
Director
Financial Aid/Student Employment
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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 the institution’s participation in federal TRIO programs:

The university does not participate in the federal TRIO programs.


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

The UCCS student body is over 40 percent Pell eligible and consists of many first generation and lower income students from Southeastern Colorado.
The UCCS Promise helps eligible low income families who are Colorado residents meet the cost of tuition, books and fees. Students must meet priority date and enroll full-time to be eligible for the UCCS Promise.


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

The BIG Idea Program - This 2.5-hour interactive workshop aims to provide awareness, knowledge and skills to participants about personal and institutional dynamics of social inequality. Providing hands-on strategies, the goal of the workshop is to better equip members of the organization to engage diverse social identities, to explore how oppression and privilege operate in our daily lives, and to create a more inclusive organizational culture.


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

Pre-Collegiate Development Program at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS), is a system-wide, institutionally funded academic program for college-bound high school and middle school students. It is designed to motivate and prepare first generation students in pursuit of their higher educational goals. PCDP is structured to ensure that students are academically prepared to enroll and be successful at UCCS, the University of Colorado system or any other postsecondary institution of the students' choice.


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

• UCCS students received $14,819,744 in scholarship and grants during the 2009-2010 Academic year.
• 2444 full-time undergraduates were awarded a need-based scholarship or grant during this year.
• 503 part-time undergraduates received a need-based scholarship or grant during this year.


A brief description of the institution’s programs to guide parents of low-income students through the higher education experience:
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A brief description of the institution’s targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:
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A brief description of the institution’s other admissions policies and programs:
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A brief description of the institution’s other financial aid polices or programs:

UCCS also has a robust self-help aid program which includes a student employment program and Student loans. Total Self help aid for the 2009-2010 academic year was $20,766,721.


A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs not covered above:
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The website URL where information about programs in each of the areas listed above is available:
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