Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 25.45
Liaison Meghann Jarchow
Submission Date Jan. 30, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of South Dakota
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.44 / 4.00 Meredith King
Sustainability & Environment
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Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :

Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:

Percentage of entering students that are low-income:

Graduation/success rate for low-income students:

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

The application fee is waived for low-income students.

There are several scholarships for underrepresented groups and Native American students including Walter Anyan Scholarship, Bell Native American Scholarship, Justice Frank Biegelmeier Scholarship, Business School Diversity Scholarship, Joseph M. Butler Scholarship, Neil Carsud Law School Scholarship, Crazy Horse/Native American Scholarship, and more.

USD participates in the Federal Financial Aid Programs and Federal Work-Study as well as the South Dakota Educational Access Foundation

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

Upward Bound provides fundamental support to high school students in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their precollege performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. Upward Bound serves high school students from low-income families and high school students from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.

The goal of Educational Talent Search is to assure that more youth from disadvantaged backgrounds will complete high school, enroll in post-secondary institutions of their choice and then complete their postsecondary education. There is no cost to enroll in the TRiO Educational Talent Search program.

TRiO Student Support Services is a supportive academic community working together toward academic excellence. TRiO Student Support Services helps eligible first-generation, low-income students and students with disabilities as they strive to achieve their academic goals. They offer individualized academic guidance,
personalized financial, career and social support to ease transitions through college, free tutoring in a variety of courses, and career and postgraduate planning.

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:

Website URL where information about the institution’s accessibility and affordability initiatives is available:

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