Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.11
Liaison R. Johnston
Submission Date March 10, 2014
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University of Missouri, Kansas City
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.35 / 4.00 R. Kaye Johnston
Sustainability Coordinator
Campus Facilities
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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:

At UMKC, our goal is to attract the best and the brightest students by offering a dedicated, world-class faculty, a comprehensive selection of degree programs and a wide range of scholarship and financial aid opportunities," said Gail Hackett, Ph.D., UMKC executive vice chancellor and provost. "This recognition by The Princeton Review is an affirmation of UMKC's mission to make education accessible and affordable for our students."


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

Project First/Upward Bound is a friendly, helping program for high-school students who would like to go to college, but might have trouble attending because of lack of funds, low grades or inadequate high-school preparation. Upward Bound is federally funded and the University of Missouri-Kansas City is the host institution. Upward Bound is one of the seven TRIO programs. We help students improve study skills, build confidence, motivation, self-discipline, maturity and better grades so that they can go to the college of their choice. We help increase their success in both secondary and post-secondary education.


A brief description of any programs to prepare students from low-income backgrounds for higher education:

Jumpstart
Jumpstart joins together dedicated college students, called Corps members, and preschool children from low-income communities. This campus-based AmeriCorps program recruits and trains work-study supported college students. Jumpstart Corps members have the unique opportunity to inspire young children to learn, serve in a local community, work on a team, and build professional skills. All Corps members receive professional-caliber training to help them implement Jumpstart’s outcome-based program, promote children’s school success, and become stronger citizens. Upon completion of a term of service with Jumpstart, college students receive a $1,132 Education Award from AmeriCorps. Jumpstart is working toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed.

Upward Bound
The UMKC Upward Bound Program is a federally funded TRIO program through the Department of Higher Education. Upward Bound provides tutorial sessions, college and academic advising, spring break college tours, financial aid workshops, cultural enrichment events, student leadership conferences, dual credit programs, and a six-week summer residential experience to first-generation and/or low-income high school students. The UMKC Upward Bound has produced alumni that have gone on to complete graduate school, enroll in medical school or law school, and are now working in successful careers


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

UMKC has an array of scholarships for low-income students


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

A new cost-saving tool, the Advantage Grant program, helps students attending UMKC pay for their educations. In-state undergraduates with a 2.7 grade-point average who qualify for Pell grants are eligible to apply for this tuition assistance.


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

The university’s new Advantage Grant is applied to the tuition cost for Pell Grant-eligible, in-state undergraduates who maintain a 2.7 grade-point average. In the last two academic years, the program has given $316,514 to help those students an average of $1,358 per student.


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

The university’s new Advantage Grant is applied to the tuition cost for Pell Grant-eligible, in-state undergraduates who maintain a 2.7 grade-point average. In the last two academic years, the program has given $316,514 to help those students an average of $1,358 per student.


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

UMKC Financial Aid works directly with student to find the best grants and scholarships to meet the needs of low-income students


A brief description of other policies and programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students not covered above:

UMKC Enrollment Management and Financial Aid works with students and their families to find solutions to low-come barriers.


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

A brief description of any scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:

UMKC participates in the Federal Work-Study Program, which provides funding for part-time student jobs both on campus and off. In order to receive a Work-Study award, you must apply using the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid, found at www.fafsa.ed.gov), be eligible according to federal standards, be enrolled at least half-time (6 credit hours for undergraduate students, 5 credit hours for graduate students), and be making Satisfactory Academic Progress.


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:

The University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) Edgar L. and Rheta A. Berkley Child and Family Development Center (CFDC) was established in 1993. UMKC’s School of Education and an interdisciplinary team of experts worked together to develop a state-of-the-art early childhood school. Berkley is part of UMKC’s School of Education and serves as a learning laboratory for early childhood students. As a resource to others, Berkley enrolls children of UMKC employees, students, and the community. Building an equal relationship between family, child, and teacher is a cornerstone of our philosophy.


A brief description of other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:

The Osher scholarship at UMKC encourages non-traditional students.

Through the Program for Adult College Education (PACE), UMKC mentors non-traditional students. The program also allows students to finish their bachelor’s degrees at night, online or on the weekends.


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (accessibility and affordability indicators)?:
Yes

Indicators that the institution is accessible and affordable to low-income students::
Percentage (0-100)
The percentage of entering students that are low-income 34
The graduation/success rate for low-income students 28
The percentage of student financial need met, on average 53
The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt 20

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:
20

The website URL where information about the institution's affordability and access programs is available:

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