Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 65.21
Liaison Gary Cocke
Submission Date Sept. 11, 2019
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STARS v2.1

The University of Texas at Dallas
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.16 / 4.00 Gary Cocke
Sustainability Director
Office of Sustainability
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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 University of Texas at Dallas combines the benefits of a small university with the intellectual rigor and opportunities of a major research university.

For students interested in joining our academic community, cost should not be a barrier to reaching their goal.

Financial aid packages are available in the form of a loan, grant, scholarship, part-time job, or any combination of these programs. The total amount of aid the student receives depends on the student's cost of attendance, expected family contribution, meeting application deadlines, outside resources, academic history, and the availability of funds.


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

Training and Outreach
The Office of Institutional Equity develops educational programs and initiatives to enhance diversity and inclusion, equal access, equitable treatment, and the prevention of prohibited discrimination and harassment. They facilitate and support the University’s efforts to ensure equal opportunity for all persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, citizenship, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.


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

The UT Dallas Tuition Promise dedicates resources to cover tuition and mandatory fees for newly enrolling students whose families annually earn $25,000 or less and meet other qualifications.The Tuition Promise applies to new and full-time undergraduate students who are Texas residents. To benefit from the plan, students must be eligible to receive Federal Pell Grants and their families’ annual incomes may not exceed $25,000. Students must also be enrolled full time.

The Guaranteed Tuition Plan is designed to help students and their families better plan for the cost of a college education, while allowing the University to maintain the quality of its academic programs.


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

The University of Texas at Dallas offers many scholarship opportunities for incoming first-time freshmen, transfer students, and graduate students, as well as for all continuing students. Some scholarship programs provide funding throughout the student’s undergraduate or graduate career, provided the student meets continuing eligibility requirements.


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

SEEC serves learners traditionally underrepresented in STEM, including African Americans, Hispanics, females, and low income, urban and rural DFW youth student populations. Program partners outside of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex are located as far as the East Texas/Arkansas border.
 At least 75% of learners served are from demographic groups underrepresented in STEM fields with 71% of participants returning to participate in additional programming opportunities offered by the SEEC. Many elect to attend campus-based programming after attending offsite programming.

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

The Comet Cupboard is a UT Dallas food pantry initiative dedicated to helping students in need. Its primary mission is to provide necessary food and personal care items to members of the UT Dallas community, but its impact reaches much further. The Comet Cupboard acts as a service learning component of the undergraduate academic experience and strives to cultivate a campus culture where the community is valued above individualism.

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:

Transfer Scholarships
Admitted and continuously enrolled in an undergraduate degree-seeking program at UT Dallas.Certain levels of the Comet Transfer and PTK Scholarships may be renewable for up to six consecutive semesters at the original award amount. Successfully complete 6 hours for part-time enrollment per semester at UT Dallas.
Maintain a cumulative 3.00 GPA or higher while receiving this scholarship.


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:

Parents who attend classes at UT Dallas are eligible for child care services during their class hours. Care is provided for children ages 4-11. Children are divided into groups by age and participate in organized developmental activities, including arts and crafts, language study and games.

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

Family Housing
Please inquire with University Housing for available family housing options. There are limited facilities within University Housing that are available for UT Dallas students with spouses and children. These spaces are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot guarantee family housing options will be available. All persons residing in a family housing unit are required to sign a full apartment housing agreement. Canyon Creek Heights and University Commons are single bedroom housing options for UT Dallas students and are not available as family housing.

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:

Data reported in part 2 is from AY 2017 and was provided from the Office of Strategic Planning and Analysis.

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