Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 77.43
Liaison Daimon Eklund
Submission Date Oct. 14, 2015
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STARS v2.0

University of Washington, Seattle
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.36 / 4.00 Betty Schmitz
Diversity Council
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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 any policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students:

The Husky Promise program guarantees full tuition and standard fees will be covered by grant or scholarship support for eligible, low to low middle income, Washington resident students. Students do not repay this assistance and as tuition increases, so do the grants and scholarships. Around 8500 students qualified for the Husky Promise program in 2011-12. Husky Promise students may also receive additional grant support to help with their living expenses as well.


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

A brief description of any programs to prepare students from low-income backgrounds for higher education:

College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)

A five-year, $2.0 million grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education that allows UW to provide academic, personal and financial support to 50 students annually from migrant and farm worker backgrounds. Eligible students benefit from services such as advising, educational planning, stipends, and tutoring to help them successfully complete their first year at UW.

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

Scholarships awarded centrally are devoted to students with financial need—generally to those with the lowest estimated family contributions and highest academic achievement. We offer approximately 450-500 scholarships per year to incoming freshmen, about $2 million per year. The scholarships are at least two year commitments. In addition, scholarships are awarded by academic departments and many of those opportunities are also based on financial need.


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

UW's Parent Orientation is designed to answer administrative, academic, and transition questions with presentations and information to prepare parents for the college experiences that their son or daughter is about to begin. Parent Orientation is a one day program that takes place on the second day of New Student Advising & Orientation. Parents are given the chance to meet other parents who are experiencing similar transitions with their families. Presenters throughout the day will connect attendees with contacts, real people at the university, who can help with various questions and services.


A brief description of any targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:

All localized MESA programs (Pre-College and Community College) provide academic enrichment, career exploration, college/university exposure, application assistance etc
The College of Engineering and GEAR UP offer the Early Engineering Institute, a free, four-day residential summer program for high-achieving 9th and 10th grade GEAR UP students. The goals of the program are to strengthen students’ math and problem solving skills, prepare students for applying to college, increase students’ awareness and understanding of careers in engineering. GEAR UP is program that serves low-income middle and high school students.
Through its network of 33 middle and high schools, GEAR UP promotes University of Washington pre-colleges events and programs that serve low-income students.

UW Math Science Upward Bound (MSUB) serves approximately 70 low income and potential first generation college students at Chief Sealth, Cleveland, and Franklin High Schools in Seattle. Each summer, these students spend 6 weeks attending the MSUB Summer Academy on the UW Campus. During the year, MSUB provides tutoring, advising, and college application assistance in our target schools. MSUB also provides SAT/ACT prep, college and scholarship application, and financial aid and FAFSA workshops on the UW Campus.
The University of Washington’s Educational Talent Search program works in eight school districts in rural communities in Washington State that have high rates of low-income families. While UWETS does not recruit specifically for the University of Washington, the program encourages and assists students to complete high school and successfully apply to post-secondary educational institutions. Housed at the University of Washington, the UWETS program is exceptionally equiped to assist it’s program participants who aspire to enroll in the University of Washington system. UWETS program participants are both low-income and potential first-generation college attendees, and receive assistance with college entrance exam registration, composition of personal statements, completion of admission and Financial Aid applications, fee waiver requests, and completion of enrollment requirements.

Upward Bound is a federally funded program which has two major goals:
To encourage and assist students to graduate from high school.
To prepare students to enter and complete a postsecondary education program.

The Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity Recruitment and Outreach team is committed to serving students from pre-college to enrollment at the University of Washington. Our mission, consistent with that of the University’s diversity statement, is to serve as a resource for historically underrepresented (African American, Latino, American Indian, Pacific Islander and Southeast Asian) students of color as well as students who have been historically disenfranchised from higher education.

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

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

We believe students from all economic backgrounds should have the opportunity to the attend the University of Washington. That is why the Husky Promise program exists (as described above) and the UW provided $67 million in grant/scholarship assistance last year—to ensure that low and middle income students can access a UW education. About 60% of our undergraduates received over $344 million in financial aid, with $200 million in the form of grants or scholarships. 32% of our undergraduates are Pell eligible, with over $45 million in Pell Grant funds in 2011-12. Our commitment to the economic diversity of our students is a well established value of our institution.


A brief description of other policies and programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students not covered above:

Recruitment & Outreach hosts several high school recruitment events throughout the year.
Fall Events & Programs:
E.E.E. Conference
E.O.S. Conference
iDUB Fall Receptions
N.A.S.D. Conference
R.I.S.E Conference

Spring Events & Programs:
Young, Gifted & Black
Polynesian Day
A.C.E. Conference

Summer Events & Programs:
Rising SEAs
Summer Events & Programs
Rising SEAs
Shades of Purple

Does the institution have policies and programs in place to support non-traditional students?:

A brief description of any scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:

The Women's Center and the Office of Minority Affairs & serve both nontraditional and traditional students. They extend educational outreach and opportunities to many who would not otherwise have access to scholarship, research, and public service. http://depts.washington.edu/womenctr/about-us/

A brief description of any onsite child care facilities, partnerships with local facilities, and/or subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of students:

The University has three facilities (on and near campus) that provide childcare services to students and staff. A childcare subsidy is offered to students with dependents who are high need through the Office of Student Life.

A brief description of other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (accessibility and affordability indicators)?:

Indicators that the institution is accessible and affordable to low-income students::
Percentage (0-100)
The percentage of entering students that are low-income 34
The graduation/success rate for low-income students 79
The percentage of student financial need met, on average 73
The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt 50.10

The percentage of students that participate in or directly benefit from the institution’s policies and programs to support low-income and non-traditional students:

The website URL where information about the institution's affordability and access programs is available:
Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

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