Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 35.74
Liaison Amy Brunvand
Submission Date Aug. 11, 2011
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STARS v1.0

University of Utah
PAE-10: Affordability and Access Programs

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Myron Willson
Sustainability Director
Sustainability Office
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Does the institution have policies and programs in place to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:

A brief description of the institution’s participation in federal TRIO programs:

“The University of Utah JumpStart is a summer program to help 15 eligible students get on the right track to a successful University experience. JumpStart is part of the Student Support Services (SSS) Project -- a federally funded TRiO program for eligible University students who are motivated to succeed at the University.
Eligibility for JumpStart is limited to Utah students who:
Will graduate from high school in 2011;
Are admitted and will attend the University of Utah during academic year 2011-12;
Come from a low income family or a family where neither parent has a college degree;
Have an ACT Math score below 23 or who are placed in Math 990 or Math 1010; and
Are U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents.”—quoted from website, http://www.sa.utah.edu/eop/SSS/JumpStart.htm

A brief description of the institution’s policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students?:

The University of Utah has several programs that award financial assistance to students from low-income backgrounds: LEAPP (Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership Program), UEF (Utah Education Fund Grant) and NBTAG (Need Based Tuition Assistance Grant) are all tuition assistance programs designed to specifically serve students who demonstrate financial need.

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

None identified.

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

“The First Scholars Program provides scholarships and personalized support to enable first-generation students to successfully transition to college. Support interventions include a cohort model, dedicated adviser, and other programming such as workshops, social activities, peer mentoring, tutoring, and campus engagement.”—quoted from website, http://www.partners.utah.edu/ http://www.firstscholars.utah.edu/?pageId=5526

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

The Utah Opportunity Scholarship—“Eligible students are first-generation college students and/or those with demonstrated financial need. Whenever possible, scholars will be selected from applicants whose ethnic background is underrepresented in higher education in Utah”—quoted from website, http://www.diversity.utah.edu/scholarships/uos.php

A brief description of the institution’s programs to guide parents of low-income students through the higher education experience:

"University Neighborhood Partners (UNP) links seven ethnically and culturally rich Salt Lake City neighborhoods with the University of Utah to create pathways to higher education. The partnerships address issues of race, ethnicity, religion, political views, and geography that are important to understand on the journey to higher education"--quoted from website.

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

Utah College Advising Corps: " UCAC encourages Utah high school students to participate in the various higher education opportunities available to them through the state's nine colleges and universities and throughout the nation. UCAC's ultimate goal is to increase the number of underserved students that enroll in college." quoted from website, http://continue.utah.edu/ucac/index.php

A brief description of the institution’s other admissions policies and programs:

"University of Utah admission policies apply to all prospective students without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, or status as a disabled individual, sexual orientation, and status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era also are protected under nondiscrimination and equal opportunity admission policies."--quoted from admissions website http://www.sa.utah.edu/admiss/policy.htm

A brief description of the institution’s other financial aid polices or programs:

Like most Universities, the University of Utah has a vast number of financial aid policies and programs. Scholarships and financial aid awards range from those based on academic performance to those that serve students of financial need.

A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs not covered above:

Not applicable

The website URL where information about programs in each of the areas listed above is available:

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