Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.35
Liaison Peter Stiling
Submission Date Feb. 19, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of South Florida
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.98 / 4.00 Jason Richardson
Research Associate
Office of Sustainability
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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:

College Reach-Out Program (CROP) is a statewide pre-college program established in 1983 designed to increase the number of students who successfully enter and complete a postsecondary institution.

The program's primary objective is to strengthen the educational motivation and preparation of low-income and educationally disadvantaged students in grades 7 through 12, representing various cultural backgrounds, who "otherwise would be unlikely to seek admission to a community college, state university or independent post secondary institution without special support and recruitment efforts."Please see: http://www.ugs.usf.edu/crop/crop.htm


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

The Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education Grant Program (TEACH) provides up to $4,000 a year in grants to students who are willing to commit to teach full time in a high-need field at a low income school. Please see:
http://usfweb2.usf.edu/finaid/gift_aid/teach.aspx


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

The University of South Florida Upward Bound Program (UBP) is a TRIO college-access program funded by the United States Department of Education.

- The goal of UBP is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of post-secondary education.
- USF UBP serves Hillsborough County high school students living in low-income households or households in which neither parent holds a bachelor's degree (first-generation college students).
- Services also include instruction, tutoring, counseling, mentoring, cultural enrichment, campus tours, and a college residential experience
Please see:
http://www.ugs.usf.edu/upbound/eligibility.htm


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

The Dr. Israel "Ike" Tribble Jr. Endowed Scholarship is named for Ike Tribble, a champion of African-American history and scholarship and the first black chairman of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. This scholarship has been established to assist outstanding disadvantaged and/or minority students who have proven themselves academically but lack financial resources to attend the University of South Florida.
http://usfweb.usf.edu/ua-scholarship/scholarship_web/scholarships-details.aspx?ID=1143


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

Student Support Services is designed for students who have been identified as having an academic need and either first generation college student, as having low-income family status, or both. SSS is designed to significantly increase the retention and graduation rates of the 220 participants it is funded to serve. We are committed to providing proactive, intrusive, comprehensive and innovative services to enhance our student's success at USF. SSS provides a plethora of services including individualized academic advising, counseling, coaching, laptop loan program, financial aid assistance SSS 
scholarships, social and cultural enrichment programs, employment and workshops that broaden career perspectives, improve academic skills, promote self-confidence and address various non-cognitive factors.
http://www.usf.edu/undergrad/sss/index.aspx


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

The USF Latino Scholarship is a university-wide financial need based scholarship designed to assist USF in achieving and sustaining the education benefits of diversity and increasing the number of USF students interested in issues affecting the Latino community and/or likely to give back to the Latino community after graduation. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA as calculated by USF; graduate from an accredited high school in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, Manatee, Pasco, Hernando, or Sarasota; and demonstrate financial need as documented by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Strong consideration will be given to students who are: fluent in Spanish; first generation in their family to attend college; from diverse ethnic background.
http://usfweb2.usf.edu/latscholar/whatis.htm


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:

The Osher Reentry Scholarship provides scholarship grants to assist non-traditional, reentry students with tuition expenses. Reentry students are defined as individuals who have experienced a cumulative gap in their education of five or more years and who now want to resume their undergraduate studies education to complete their first baccalaureate degree. http://www.usf.edu/innovative-education/programs/osher/


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 Preschool for Creative Learning (PCL) is the Educational Research Center for Child Development at the USF College of Education. As a laboratory school, the PCL brings USF faculty, graduate students, classroom teachers, and pre-service teachers together with children and families to create innovative early childhood education programs by engaging in collaborative research.
http://www.coedu.usf.edu/main/departments/ce/partnerships/schools.php


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

Policy 10-042: Non-traditional Education Including Online Delivery and Continuing Education
Non-traditional education offered by the University of South Florida System (USF System) includes the online delivery of credit and non-credit courses and programs, and all selfsupporting continuing education courses and programs regardless of the delivery method. To ensure these courses and programs meet compliance and accreditation requirements, this Policy establishes authority and assigns accountability for online and continuing education courses and programs offered by University of South Florida (USF), University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP) and University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM).
http://regulationspolicies.usf.edu/policies-and-procedures/pdfs/policy-10-042.pdf


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):
41

The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):
66

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):
51

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):
40

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):
75

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