Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.00
Liaison Jonna Korpi
Submission Date Nov. 4, 2019
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STARS v2.1

University of Minnesota, Duluth
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.75 / 4.00 Mindy Granley
Sustainability Director
UMD 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:

UMD offers 4 main ways to help minimize the cost of attendance for low income students.
-First they offer multiple need based scholarships that are open to everyone who qualifies.
-Second they provide a list of Grants provided by the State of Minnesota. These need-based grants are awarded to Minnesota residents who are undergraduates, have not received their first baccalaureate degree, and have not attended post secondary institutions more than the equivalent of four years at full-time status.
-Third UMD offers the opportunity for Pell grants. Pell grants are grants for students who are pursuing their first baccalaureate degree.
-Finally, they offer the U Promise scholarship. The U Promise is the Universities Commitment to Minnesota undergraduate students whose families make up to $100,000 per year. Residents of Minnesota who complete the FAFSA and are enrolled as full-time students in at least 13 credits, will automatically be considered for the U Promise scholarship. There are two types of scholarships under the U Promise umbrella: the U Promise Free Tuition Scholarship and the U Promise Middle Income Scholarship. Eligible students can receive only one type of U Promise scholarship.


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

UMD does not have any programs specifically for students of low income, instead UMD offers resource accessibility that is available to all students. Some of these programs include campus tours, orientation, and Bulldog Welcome Week.


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

UMD prepares students for college by having campus tours and student and parent orientations.


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

UMD offers the U Promise scholarship. The U Promise is the Universities Commitment to Minnesota undergraduate students whose families make up to $100,000 per year. Residents of Minnesota who complete the FAFSA and are enrolled as full-time students in at least 13 credits, will automatically be considered for the U Promise scholarship. There are two types of scholarships under the U Promise umbrella: the U Promise Free Tuition Scholarship and the U Promise Middle Income Scholarship. Eligible students can receive only one type of U Promise scholarship.


A brief description of the institution’s targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:

Upward Bound Vision Quest is a college access program funded by the U.S. Department of Education and sponsored by the University of Minnesota Duluth. Upward Bound Vision Quest currently serves 135 students in grades 9 ­- 12 in Minneapolis and Duluth public schools. Upward Bound Vision Quest is designed to meet the academic and motivational needs of high school students who are from low income families and/or are potentially the first generation of their family to receive a bachelor's degree, and who want to go to college.

https://cehsp.d.umn.edu/departments-centers/department-social-work/ubvq


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

FASFA Offers low income students grants and low-interest loans to cover tuition costs.


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:

College of Education and Human Service Professionals

Picture Your Passion Scholarship
Awarded to non-traditional students returning to school in Health Education.
Major: Health Education
Other preferences: Non-traditional students

Peggy L. Scheller Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to students pursuing their Master of Social Work degrees. Must be in good academic standing with interest in rural outreach services.
Major: Social Work, graduate only
Other preferences: Preference will be given to non-traditional students. Applications should include a statement describing career goals and commitment to rural practice.

College of Liberal Arts

Edward J. Smith Scholarship
Awarded to a non-traditional aged student (over 25) pursuing an advanced degree in the liberal arts.
Major: Master of Liberal Studies
Other Preferences: Minimum GPA of 2.5. Must demonstrate financial need. Graduate students only.


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:

Children's Place

Vision
To be a model program providing quality, nurturing care and educational experiences for young children and their families of diverse backgrounds and abilities by building on the strengths of our community.

Mission
UMD Children’s Place is founded in the belief of the critical importance of the first years of life and the need to embrace the diversity of our world today. The mission of UMD Children’s Place is two fold:

To provide quality, nurturing care of children while their families are at work or study.
To provide interdisciplinary educational opportunities for UMD students in order to enhance their classroom learning with practical experiences.

Diversity
UMD Children's Place strives to honor, support and celebrate the diversity of its children, families and staff. Diversity is interpreted in the broadest sense and includes race, language, faith background, family structure, sexual orientation, physical ability and economic status.

Eligibility for child enrollment: parent/guardian must be a current UMD student, staff, or faculty


A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:

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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):
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The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):
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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):
75

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):
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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:
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