Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 59.34
Liaison Elizabeth MacKenzie
Submission Date July 24, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Iowa
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.30 / 4.00 Sara Maples
Interim Director
The UI Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have policies and programs 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:
Two major goals of the University are to provide access for those with limited financial resources and to attract students who will contribute to the quality and diversity of the student population. To help accomplish these goals, The University of Iowa awards institutional scholarships to students based on a variety of factors including pre-admission test scores, high school rank, financial need, special talents, and academic achievement at The University of Iowa. Institutional grants may also be provided to students who demonstrate exceptional financial need with little or no ability to provide family financial resources to attend The University of Iowa. The opportunity to annually renew their scholarships and grants helps students to continue their education each year and to successfully graduate from The University of Iowa. The opportunity to annually renew their scholarships and grants helps students to continue their education each year and to graduate from The University of Iowa. One example of a a programs that focuses exclusively on low-income students is the the Advantage Iowa Need-Based Award.
More information on the Office of Financial Aid is available at http://financialaid.uiowa.edu/types/scholarships.
The UI directs parents and students to the UI Net Price Calculator, which can be accessed through the UI Office of Student Financial Aid website, www.uiowa.edu/financial-aid/calculator, or though the UI Admissions website, www.admissions/uiowa.edu/finances. The Net Price Calculator allows prospective students and their parents to enter financial information about their family and to also enter information about the student’s academic record, such as ACT score, High School GPA, rank in class, and other factors.

A brief description of any programs to equip the institution’s faculty and staff to better serve students from low-income backgrounds:
Upward Bound is a federal TRIO program for high school students who are committed to being successful in high school and who are receiving post-secondary education. The program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The University of Iowa Upward Bound Project is under the auspices of the Chief Diversity Office and is part of the Center for Diversity & Enrichment. Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance including individual and small-group tutoring, academic and private counseling, resume workshops. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education. https://diversity.uiowa.edu/unit/trio-upward-bound

Additionally, the Chief Diversity Office offers a variety of programs to equip faculty and staff to better serve students from low-income communities. One example of a program is the Building University of Iowa Leadership for Diversity (BUILD). https://diversity.uiowa.edu/programs"

A brief description of the institution’s programs to guide and prepare students and families from low-income backgrounds for higher education:
The Center for Diversity & Enrichment provides leadership and coordination for outreach and service to minority communities and students who participate in federally-funded Upward Bound programs. The office provides pre-college student development, assistance with facilitating enrollment process, and programs and activities that support the ability of under-served students to increase their skills to thrive and succeed at the University of Iowa.

A brief description of the institution's scholarships for low-income students:
The University of Iowa offers more than 2,000 scholarships each year to outstanding undergraduate students based on financial need, academic merit, or both. Students may receive multiple scholarships, and receiving a UI scholarship will not disqualify students from also receiving need-based grants or loans offered through the UI Office of Student Financial Aid. The Iowa Advantage Need-Based Award is available for students who demonstrate financial need. http://admissions.uiowa.edu/finances/scholarships

Under Iowa First Nations Tuition Program, the University of Iowa invites members of the Tribes/Nations historic to Iowa to attend the university and pay in-state tuition, regardless of where they live. These tribes/nations currently include:
Iowa
Kickapoo
Menominee
Miami
Missouri (Otoe)
Ojibwa (Chippewa)
Omaha
Otoe (Missouri)
Ottawa (Odawa)
Potawatomi
Sac and Fox (Sauk, Meskwaki)
Sioux
Winnebago (Ho Chunk)
Diversity at Iowa Office is in charge of this program.


The Tippie Gateway Program brings high school juniors from underrepresented backgrounds to campus during the summer before their senior year (typically late June) to get a glimpse into life as a college student. The program is free—including lodging, meals, and activities—thanks to a scholarship from the Tippie College of Business. One group targeted by this program is low-income students.

A brief description of the institution’s targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:
School and Community Partnership (SCP) Program:
The Center for Diversity & Enrichment (CDE) coordinates outreach efforts to under-served K-12 students from diverse backgrounds, including students of color, first-generation students whose parents have not received a baccalaureate degree, and students from low-income families. These efforts emphasize focused school and community partner contacts where a staff member from CDE can travel to a community and share college going information with students and their families. The program also supports campus visits and can sometimes provide transportation and develop specific programs depending on student interests.

University of Iowa staff, faculty, and students are often invited to go into public schools, community colleges, and community-based education programs to engage students in college going discussions on a regular basis. These partnerships seek to advance the academic success of participating students and to increase the likelihood that these students will pursue their higher education.

The UI Admissions Office works very closely with Center for Diversity and Inclusion in recruiting new students. The Admissions assistant director specializes in recruiting students from diverse backgrounds. The office also partners with various agencies, community organizations, and schools to bring students with broad varieties of backgrounds to the University of Iowa to enrich the educational experience of all students. The Recruitment Ambassadors program targets students from Diverse Backgrounds.

The College of Engineering coordinates outreach efforts and organized a one-day program called 'Black Girl Do Science' in April 2016. This program included science demos and workshops and encouraged underrepresented girls in 4th-8th grade to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) field. It broadened the participation of women, minorities, and low-income students in STEM fields.

A brief description of the institution’s other policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:
First Generation Iowa was created to:
Provide a welcoming atmosphere and support to new and returning first generation college student and provide a combination of social, academic, and service opportunities for members. The program also helps students transition from high school to college and introduce them to the many campus resources and opportunities available. Finally, the program connects first generation college students with other first generation college students across campus.
http://uiowa.orgsync.com/org/firstgenerationiowa19503/About

Does the institution have policies and programs to support non-traditional students?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:
Part-time students may apply for aid; however, no specific scholarship currently exists.

A brief description of the institution’s on-site child care facility, partnership with a local facility, and/or subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of students:
The Human Resources Office provides a Child Care Subsidy Program for Student Families. The Regular Child Care Subsidy program helps students with the cost of their regular, ongoing child care. The Evening/Weekend Study Child Care program provides funding to help student parents without regular, ongoing child care expenses to hire a friend or babysitter to care for their child so that they can study, write a paper, do research or participate in a study group on evenings/weekends. https://hr.uiowa.edu/family-services/child-care-subsidy-student
The Exams Childcare Program for Student Families provides student parents free, safe, and quality child care during final exams to achieve academic success in collaboration with the Little Angels Learning Center.

A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:
At the UI, we are committed to a diverse graduate student body, which includes graduate students with children. We believe that a graduate student parent has a better chance of successfully completing their degree when the student and their department are realistic and forward thinking about the challenges of pursuing an advanced degree and parenthood simultaneously.
https://www.grad.uiowa.edu/graduate-student-life/graduate-student-parents

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (tracking accessibility and affordability)? (If data is not available, select 'No'):
Yes

The percentage of entering students that are low-income (0-100):
48

The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):
68

On average, the percentage of need that was met for students who were awarded any need-based aid (e.g. as reported to the U.S. Common Data Set initiative, item H2) (0-100):
67

The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt or for whom no out-of-pocket tuition is required (i.e. the percentage of graduates who have not taken out interest-bearing loans) (0-100):
47

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 (0-100):
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
All information for Part 2 of the credit was obtained through the Common Data Set and the Title IV report. Both reports are publicly available through the University of Iowa website.

All information for Part 2 of the credit was obtained through the Common Data Set and the Title IV report. Both reports are publicly available through the University of Iowa website.

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