Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.48
Liaison Amy Brunvand
Submission Date Oct. 21, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Utah
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.94 / 4.00 Amy Brunvand
Office of Sustainability
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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:

For Utah Scholarship
URL: https://admissions.utah.edu/ForUtah/
The For Utah Scholarship creates a fully funded path to a University of Utah degree. The initiative covers four years of tuition and fees for Pell Grant-eligible Utah residents.

TRIO Programs
URL: https://trio.utah.edu/
TRIO federal programs includes eight programs targeted to serve and assist low-income individuals, first-generation college students, and individuals with disabilities to progress through the academic pipeline from middle school to post-baccalaureate programs. Low-income student is defined as, family's taxable income for the last calendar year was less than 150% of the poverty level.
•Student Support Services
The TRIO-SSS program offers sections of introductory level college mathematics, writing and study skills courses open only to students who are enrolled at the University of Utah and have been accepted into the SSS program. Student Support Services (SSS) is a program for students who need academic assistance and other services to be successful at the University. Funded by a federal grant to the University, the project provides advising, instruction and tutoring for eligible students.
•Upward Bound
Upward Bound is a college preparation program for high school students from low income families or who are potential first-generation college students
•Jump Start
JumpStart is a residential summer program that is part of the TRIO-SSS. Participants have the opportunity to begin their freshman year during the 6 week second term of summer semester.

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

Return to the U
URL: https://return.utah.edu/
Return to the U helps adult learners complete their education at the University of Utah, whether they are ‘stopped out’ U of U students who want to come back and finish their degree, or transferring from other institutions. The University of Utah offers a lower-cost tuition for students taking all their classes online as part of a qualifying UOnline online undergraduate degree program. This special all-online tuition is available to help students who have started college to finish their degrees and graduate.

Center for Child Care and Family Resources
URL: https://childcare.utah.edu/learn/index.php
offers services to assist University students, faculty and staff in their search for quality child care services. Identifies family-friendly campus spaces for student-parents.

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:

Additional documentation to support the submission:


Morgan Aguilar, “New ‘For Utah Scholarship’ @TheU November 7, 2019.


Common Data Set 2018-19, H2. Full-time Undergraduate (Incl. Fresh.)
Debt: U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard, December 12, 2019. https://collegescorecard.ed.gov/data/
• 33% received federal loans.
• 27% of students who received an income-based federal Pell grant intended for low-income students.

• % of 1st Time Freshmen Receiving Need-Based Aid: 2018-2019 = 42%
• 6 year graduation rate of students who received a Pell Grant: 62% (67% for all students)


HB60 (1977)
URL: https://continue.utah.edu/hb60
Allows Utah residents 62 or older to audit many regular University classes numbered 1000-4999 for $25 per semester.

HB144 (2002)
URL: https://le.utah.gov/~2002/bills/static/HB0144.html
Undocumented students attending institutions of higher education in the state of Utah are required to pay out-of-state tuition. However, House Bill 144 allows qualifying students to attend Utah universities and colleges by paying in-state tuition despite not having Utah residency status.

Utah Administrative Code, Rule R277-713: Concurrent Enrollment of Students in College Courses
URL: https://rules.utah.gov/publicat/code/r277/r277-713.htm
The purpose of the concurrent enrollment program is to provide a challenging college-level and productive experience to eligible students, and to provide transition courses that can be applied to postsecondary education.

USHE R470: General Education, Common Course Numbering, Lower-Division Pre-Major Requirements, Transfer of Credits, and Credit by Examination.
URL: https://ushe.edu/ushe-policies/r470-general-education-common-course-numbering-lower-division-pre-major-requirements-transfer-of-credits-and-credit-by-examination/
Purpose: To assure reciprocity and consistency in the structure and Core Requirements and Breadth Areas requisite for General Education (GE) programs in the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE).

Concurrent Enrollment (USHE)
Students who earn college credit in high school are more likely to complete college. Utah benefits from one of the most expansive concurrent enrollment programs in the country in which one in three high school juniors and seniors enroll in at least one college course. The number of students participating in concurrent enrollment increased by 10.6 percent, from 32,849 in the 2016-17 school year to 36,335 in 2017-18. (USHE Annual Report, 2018)


Academic Advising Center Annual Report 2018-2019
The AS team processed over 250 returning students
Office of Engagement 2017-2018 Annual Report
URL: https://ugs.utah.edu/annual-reports/Office%20of%20Engagement%2017-18%20Final.pdf

Office of Scholarships and financial Aid
URL: https://financialaid.utah.edu/
Student Success and Empowerment Initiative, 2017-2018 Annual Report.
URL: https://ugs.utah.edu/annual-reports/SSEP%20Annual%20Report%202018.pdf
The four goals of Undergraduate Studies as articulated in the Utah Pledge are to support students by providing them with learning communities, mentors and advisors, financial guidance, and deeply engaged learning experience. “Financing a college education is a weighty topic for University of Utah students. This academic year, SSAs provided support to 3171 students around this concern.”

TRIO Programs Annual Report 2018-2019.
URL: https://studentaffairs.utah.edu/assessment/_resources/documents/annual-reports/2018-2019/sd/trio-annual-report-2019.pdf
As of the fall 2019 Semester there were over 500 enrolled students at the university who participated in the TRIO SSS program as well as 95 Upward Bound high school students.
USHE, Ensuring Affordability
URL: https://ushe.edu/initiatives/ensuring-affordability/

Utah System of Higher Education: State Aid Project. Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, January 2020
URL: https://gardner.utah.edu/wp-content/uploads/USHE-Comprehensive-Report_012020.pdf

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