Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 53.22
Liaison Jay Price
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

University of Tennessee at Knoxville
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.27 / 4.00 Jessica GerberDolan
Data Analyst
Facilities Services
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Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :
56.60

Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:
12

Percentage of entering students that are low-income:
37.80

Graduation/success rate for low-income students:
64

A brief description of notable policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:
The College Access and Persistence Services (CAPS) Outreach Center supports outreach services that help students overcome social, academic, financial, and cultural barriers in higher education.

Research shows that major problems exist in recruiting and retaining low-income and first-generation students in postsecondary education programs. Statistics indicate that individuals who come from disadvantaged backgrounds are significantly less likely to pursue a postsecondary education successfully than their more privileged counterparts.

The goal of CAPS is to prepare individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to succeed in postsecondary or professional academic programs. To accomplish this goal, the staff provides activities to:

strengthen math and science skills of students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields;
to improve pre-college preparation, college admissions, and financial aid application processes; and
to provide the skills and motivation necessary for completing college graduation requirements.
Similar activities also assist adults and military veterans who do not have baccalaureate degrees. The center is funded in its entirety by external funds. Approximately 60,000 students have been served for more than 30 years by project staff. New opportunities for funding are continually reviewed to identify grants that will expand the number of students we serve.
http://caps.utk.edu/

A brief description of notable policies or programs to support non-traditional students:
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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:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s accessibility and affordability initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:
https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/school/?221759-The-University-of-Tennessee-Knoxville
https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?q=tennessee+knoxville&s=all&id=221759#finaid
http://irsa.utk.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/107/2022/10/Headcount-Enrollment-By-Full-Time_Part-Time-Level-Gender-and-Race_Ethnicity.pdf

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