Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 61.73
Liaison Sean MacInnes
Submission Date Feb. 28, 2014
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STARS v1.2

University of North Carolina, Greensboro
PAE-10: Affordability and Access Programs

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Chad Carwein
Sustainability Education and Outreach Specialist
Sustainability Office
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Does the institution have policies and programs in place to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:

A brief description of the institution’s participation in federal TRIO programs:
Special Support Services (SSS) is a TRIO education support program designed to maximize academic performance for UNCG students who are first-generation, from modest income backgrounds, or who have a disability, and who also demonstrate academic need for services. Services include counseling, academic skills instruction, tutoring, graduate school guidance, and learning lab. Please see: http://success.uncg.edu/sss/

A brief description of the institution’s policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students?:
The mission of the Financial Aid Office at UNCG is to assist students in reaching their academic goals by serving as a primary advocate for students and families and help to remove barriers to receiving financial assistance. The Financial Aid Office works to meet these goals by embracing technology, reviewing and improving procedures, and ensuring compliance with state and federal regulations. The Office also offers or provides information about many scholarship and grant opportunities. Please see: http://fia.uncg.edu/

A brief description of the institution’s programs to equip the institution's faculty and staff to better serve students from low-income backgrounds:
Team Up with US is an initiative by Dean Roberson and Undergraduate Studies that provides an opportunity for emeriti faculty, retired professional staff, UNCG alumni, community friends, and/or currently employed professional staff to Teach, Educate, Advise, and Mentor undergraduate students at UNCG. In these trying economic times when students are working more hours to make ends meet, we need to create a "village" to support them. Please see: http://excellence.uncg.edu/teamup/default.php

A brief description of the institution’s programs to prepare students from low-income backgrounds for higher education:
The UNCG Guarantee Mentor Program connects UNCG Guarantee Scholars with alumni, community members, faculty and staff to support and enhance academic achievement, leadership skills development, and personal success. Please see: http://guarantee.uncg.edu/default.shtml

A brief description of the institution's scholarships for low-income students:
The UNCG Guarantee program helps low-income, in-state students graduate from UNCG in four years with little or no debt, while also providing a support program to encourage academic and personal success. Students at or below the federal poverty level who show academic promise are provided four years of full-tuition assistance. In turn, these students must participate in academic support services, including development of a customized academic plan. Please see: http://guarantee.uncg.edu/ The university also provides many more need-based scholarships within academic units, and works with several off-campus groups that provide need-based scholarships as well.

A brief description of the institution’s programs to guide parents of low-income students through the higher education experience:
The Office of New Student & Spartan Family Programs provides comprehensive and meaningful programs to facilitate a successful transition to UNCG and support students through the first year. Spartan Family Programs offer services and resources in a caring and respectful environment for new students as well as their families. Please see: http://spartanfamily.uncg.edu/

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

A brief description of the institution’s other admissions policies and programs:

A brief description of the institution’s other financial aid polices or programs:
Federal Work Study Program, Pell Grants, UNCG Grants, and State-funded Grants from NC Education lottery.

A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs not covered above:

The website URL where information about programs in each of the areas listed above is available:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
In 2011, UNCG was cited as one of only five U.S. colleges serving low-income students well by the Education Trust, a research and advocacy group (please see http://www.edtrust.org/dc/press-room/press-release/unprecedented-study-on-the-real-cost-of-college-shows-low-income-student).

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