Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 52.81
Liaison Chad King
Submission Date Feb. 26, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University of Denver
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 4.00 Thomas Walker
Program Director, Intergroup Relations & LGBTIQ
Center for Multicultural Excellence
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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:

Policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students:

•BookMark Scholars textbook loan program, hosted by the Center for Multicultural Excellence.


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:

Programs to prepare students from low-income backgrounds for higher education:

•VIP Program targets middle and high school students to build self esteem and prepare for college. The program has a proven track record of successfully preparing students from underrepresented and low-income communities to apply for and enter college-primarily DU. Over the years, DU VIP students have consistently graduated at or above the rate of the general DU undergraduate population.

•The Bridge Project provides educational opportunities for children living in Denver's public housing neighborhoods so they graduate from high school and attend college or learn a trade.


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

Scholarships for low-income students:

•DU is a host institution for a large number of Daniels Fund Scholarship recipients, and provides on-campus supplemental success programming to them.

•The Herbst-Dillon Scholarship provides scholarship support to undergraduate and graduate students who are single parents pursuing degrees at the Daniels College of Business.


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

Programs to guide parents of low-income students through the higher education experience:

•A partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund enables the Center for Multicultural Excellence and the Office of Undergraduate Admission to host and attend events targeting primarily low-income, first generation Latina/o students and their families. Videos and hand outs are provided in both Spanish and English to address specific questions and concerns families may have, to improve their ability to support their child’s journey to higher education.


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

Targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:

•In partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and the Office of Undergraduate Admission, CME works to host elementary, middle and high school groups’ campus visits. The programs are approximately three hours and include campus tour, discussion on financing a college education and interaction with current DU students from similar backgrounds regarding strategies, insights and encouragement to college admission.

•La Raza Youth Leadership Program, a partnership between DU and the La Raza Youth Leadership Institute, Inc., provides up to 30 Latino Youth with 10 Saturdays of 6.5 hours of workshops addressing, leadership, communication, community organizing, history, current issues and college entrance.


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

Other financial aid policies or programs:

•Native American Scholarship Program was developed in 1995 to attract and support two Native American students each year (eight total including each class) with a full-tuition, room and board, and book expenses.


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)?:
No

Indicators that the institution is accessible and affordable to low-income students::
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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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