Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.45
Liaison Justin Mog
Submission Date March 4, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Louisville
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.99 / 4.00 Diana Whitlock
Executive Assistant
Diversity and Equity
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Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :

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

Programs that minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students, scholarships for low-income students
Cardinal Covenant/Cardinal Pledge:
One of the most effective strategies for increasing the success of low-income students is to provide financial support. UofL has established a new institutional fund to more widely distribute funds to low-income students with unmet needs. The University of Louisville’s Cardinal Covenant Program has provided financial support for students from low-income families to fund their education. The University of Louisville's Cardinal Covenant was the first program of its kind in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Realizing the need to provide financial support to more low-income students, a new program called the Cardinal Pledge has been established and will distribute funds to help more students persist to graduation. The Cardinal Pledge provides support to students designated as 150% of the poverty level, are admitted by June 1, and have a FAFSA on file in the Financial Aid Office. In addition to providing scholarships, the program focuses on students’ academic success by monitoring their academic progress, providing financial literacy sessions and peer mentoring.

Porter Scholars Program:
The Porter Scholarship program is the largest scholarship organization at the University of Louisville, designed to provide full tuition for African American students seeking an undergraduate degree. Named after a former university trustee, the late Woodford R. Porter Sr., the scholarship program was created in 1984. The mission and purpose are to provide academic, personal and professional support and to all recipients of this scholarship. Areas of support are based on the four pillars of promise which include scholarship, leadership, service and heritage.

MLK Scholars Program:
Administered by the Office for Admissions and the Honors Program, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholars participate in an engaging leadership development program while enrolled at the University of Louisville. This mentored scholar program includes a scholarship, which is awarded annually to ten Black/African American or Hispanic/Latino high school graduates from Kentucky or Southern Indiana. MLK Scholars participate in programming designed to develop critical thinking skills, engage in self exploration, and establish an appreciation for civic engagement. MLK Scholars live in an Honors Service Living Learning community throughout their first year, enroll in courses focused on social justice and peace studies, engage in experiential learning through community service initiatives, and, during the second year, participate in a service-based travel experience. The program includes full in-state tuition plus an educational allowance to cover other university expenses.

Muhammad Ali Scholars:
The Ali Scholars Program, offered to full-time undergraduate University of Louisville students, is a unique two-year experience combining training, research and service in the areas of violence prevention, social justice and peacemaking in an urban living context. A special emphasis is placed on understanding and addressing the social conditions that impact those issues.
Through their work with the Muhammad Ali Institute, Ali Scholars develop expertise on a topic of their choice by participating in seminars with renowned practitioners, educators and activists. The Ali Scholars employ a practical solution-based approach as they produce scholarly research related to their “expert area” and its impact locally and globally. Equipped with a solid knowledge base and organizing skills, the Ali Scholars provide service hosting on-campus events, furthering the work of the Ali Institute and working alongside campus, local, national and international practitioners in their expert areas. Through the Ali Scholars program, students acquire both the intellectual and practical training to take action and leadership on issues of peace, violence prevention and social justice at home and abroad.

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The percentage of student financial need met, on average, is based on tuition need only, and not related expenses.

The percentage of student financial need met, on average, is based on tuition need only, and not related expenses.

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