Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 57.64
Liaison Sustainability Office
Submission Date Feb. 7, 2019
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of North Carolina, Greensboro
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.05 / 4.00 Jim Settle
Associate Vice Chancellor
Student Affairs
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Does the institution have policies and programs to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:

A brief description of any 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 to help 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 any 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.

Please see: http://excellence.uncg.edu/teamup/default.php

A brief description of the institution’s programs to guide and prepare students and families 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 targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:

The University focuses recruitment efforts on many different under-served, under-represented, and low-income areas, both urban and rural. A direct point of evidence demonstrating success with these efforts: 52% of our students are from low-income backgrounds are are Pell Grant Eligible. This is a substantial difference from other UNC system schools; UNC-Chapel Hill has 20.5% of their students as Pell-eligible.

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

The University works closely and individually with each student to provide financial aid which meets their needs through e-mail, chat, mail, in-person, and telephone contacts.

UNCG has a robust and growing set of programs which interface with all area community, technical, and local colleges to allow seamless transfer from those schools to UNCG with little (if any) loss of credit hours. Additionally, students at most area community and technical colleges can dual-enroll, where they pay the lower tuition and fees, and have access to all UNCG facilities, services, and events.

The UNCG online program is a lowest cost option, and has been ranked exceptionally high for value and experience. US News and World Report ranked 3 of the online programs as best in the nation in 2015 (MS in IT, MS Nursing, MS Education)

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

A brief description of the institution’s scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:

Don & Mary Olson Scholarship In Reading Education is awarded to part-time MA degree candidates in Reading Education. Recipients must be within 12 credit hours of graduation to be eligible.

Please see: http://fia.uncg.edu/scholarships/education.htm)

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 Child Care Education Program (CCEP) is a part of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies that offers child care at three locations on campus. Enrollment is open to children from families across the greater Greensboro area, including those of UNCG employees. The program offers sliding scale fees based on income.

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

ADULT STUDENTS: http://fia.uncg.edu/scholarships/adult.htm

Class of '48 Scholarship - any adult student
Kendrick G. Bell Scholarship - any adult student with financial need*
Betty Everhart Education Fund - any adult female student
Nontraditional Adult Scholarship - any adult female student who has experienced a 5-year break in her education
Osborne Scholarship - any adult student
Moses E. Rice Scholarship - an adult commuter student with financial need*
Martin W. Parcel Scholarship - any adult student
Linda Hiatt Scholarship - any adult student from one of the NC community colleges, preference for students from Surry Community College.

SINGLE PARENT STUDENTS: http://fia.uncg.edu/scholarships/studentaffairs.htm

Joanne B. Craft Adult Student Scholarship Fund in the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro is awarded to a UNCG student who is a single parent pursuing a degree in Nursing or Education.


The UNCG Staff Senate Scholarship awarded to a permanent full-time staff member with at least 5 years of service in NC State System or an eligible staff member dependent, spouse, or domestic partner. (http://fia.uncg.edu/scholarships/staffsenate.htm)

William F. & Joann F. Black Rn To Bsn Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students who are registered nurses with an associate degree or a diploma in nursing who are currently enrolled in the RN to BSN Program. Recipients must be employed full-time by the Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, and must enroll for a minimum of 6-9 credit hours per semester at UNCG. (http://fia.uncg.edu/scholarships/nursing.htm)

Esther Cobb Pinnix Alpha Delta Kappa Teachers Scholarship is awarded to a public school teacher, teaching in Rockingham County, who is enrolled at UNCG to pursue additional education or an advanced degree to further his/her teaching career.

NON-TRADITIONAL EDUCATION STUDENT: http://fia.uncg.edu/scholarships/education.htm

Joann F. And William F. Black Adult Student Scholarship is awarded to non-traditional, adult undergraduate students in the School of Education.

Patsy Brinson & John W. Burwell Adult Student Scholarship is awarded to non-traditional, adult students enrolled in undergraduate programs in the School of Education who wish to teach in K-12 schools.

Jo Ann And Mollie Mcallister Scholarship is awarded to degree-seeking adult students who are interested in teaching.

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (tracking accessibility and affordability)? (If data is not available, select 'No'):

The percentage of entering students that are low-income (0-100):

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

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):

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):

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):

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

Information for this credit was obtained from the following UNCG Department websites:

Financial Aid - http://fia.uncg.edu/

Admissions - http://admissions.uncg.edu/index.php

Student Affairs - http://sa.uncg.edu/about/leadership/departments/

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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