Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 60.89
Liaison Eva Rocke
Submission Date June 30, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Montana
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
2.18 / 4.00 Madeleine Jones
ASUM Sustainability Coordinator
ASUM
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Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :
58

Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:
32

Percentage of entering students that are low-income:
38

Graduation/success rate for low-income students:
36

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

Students who qualify for TRiO Student Support Services include those who are first-generation college students, those who qualify under federal financial guidelines as low income, and students with a documented disability. The University also utilizes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students.


A brief description of notable policies or programs to support non-traditional students:

To reach prospective non-traditional students who are currently part of the workforce, UM recruitment staff regularly participate in job and employment fairs around the state. Missoula College, UM's two-year technical college, offers extensive evening, online, and weekend classes for students who work full-time or have schedules that don't allow them to attend 8am-5pm classes. UM's student government also offers several programs that tend to serve (even if open to all students) a largely non-traditional student population. The ASUM Legal Services office offers free legal services and counseling to any UM student enrolled in at least 6 academic credits per semester. The ASUM Off-Campus Renter Center provides free counseling and resources to any UM student enrolled in at least 6 academic credits per semester. The Renter Center supports students who live in non-UM owned housing in Missoula with a database of rental housing opportunities, renters' rights workshops, and legal support through ASUM legal services.
Additionally, through the Financial Education program, students have access to workshops on managing student loans, reducing debt, and free assistance filing taxes.


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:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s accessibility and affordability initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Metrics on percentage of students qualifying provided by Sophie
Jaa:sophie.haugsjaa@mso.umt.edu

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