Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 58.49
Liaison Sarah Burke
Submission Date Feb. 13, 2017
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of Nebraska at Omaha
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.80 / 4.00 Sarah Burke
Sustainability Coordinator
Student Affairs
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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:

- Project Achieve is open to University of Nebraska-Omaha undergraduates who qualify as first-generation, limited income, and/or disabled college students. The program consists of academic skills development as well as financial aid, academic, career, and personal counseling. Activities and services emphasize development of skills necessary for becoming more efficient and independent learners. Project Achieve uses a flexible and personalized approach. Each student is encouraged to participate in activities which meet his or her own learning needs. Students and staff work together in assessing students' skills in relation to educational and career goals. Personal interviews, review of academic records, checklists and diagnostic tests may be used in this process.

- CollegeBound Nebraska covers all remaining tuition costs, up to 30 credit hours per academic year, after Pell funds and other grants/scholarships are taken into account. Eligible students must be NE residents, full-time, Pell eligible, and maintain a 2.5 gpa.


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

- Project Achieve is open to University of Nebraska-Omaha undergraduates who qualify as first-generation, limited income, and/or disabled college students. The program consists of academic skills development as well as financial aid, academic, career, and personal counseling. Activities and services emphasize development of skills necessary for becoming more efficient and independent learners.

- A FAFSA reminder postcard is sent to all new admitted students reminding them to complete the FAFSA and to complete it early. A similar email reminder is sent to currently enrolled students.

- The Office of Financial Support and Scholarships provides a number of tools and resources to assist individuals including Financial Aid Resources.

http://www.unomaha.edu/admissions/financial-support-and-scholarships/tools-and-resources/index.php


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

Scholarships are available to assist UNO students through a number of established programs, including Project Achieve, the Thompson Learning Community, Office of Latino/Latin American Studies programs, and the Goodrich Scholarship Program.


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

CollegeBound Nebraska Program is the University's expanded financial aid program, which provides free tuition for students who meet academic and family income qualifications.

CollegeBound Nebraska covers all remaining tuition costs, up to 30 credit hours per academic year, after Pell funds and other grants/scholarships are taken into account. Eligible students must be NE residents, full-time, Pell eligible, and maintain a 2.5 gpa.


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

UNO has scholarships that may be awarded to both full-time and part-time students, but none specifically for part-time students.

For example: The UNO Women's Club offers at least eight merit-based, partial scholarships for full-time and part-time, undergraduate and graduate students.


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 UNO Child Care Center provides a high quality child care and early education service for families, as well as opportunities for training, research, and further knowledge of the care, education, and development of young children. The parent/guardian must be affiliated with UNO as a student, faculty, or staff to be eligible for the Student/Faculty/Staff rates. To qualify as a student, the parent/guardian must be taking at least a 1 credit hour class.


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

- The Office of Military and Veteran Services works to support UNO's military community by providing military and veteran students with resources and services developed to help them succeed.

- UNO offers support for adult students including helpful assistance from Academic Advisors; affordable and quality degree programs with online learning opportunities; liberal acceptance of completed credit hours; and much more.


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):
38

The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):
38.40

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):
37

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):
33

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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