Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 77.18
Liaison Daimon Eklund
Submission Date Oct. 12, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Washington, Seattle
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.42 / 4.00 Claudia Frere-Anderson
UW 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 Husky Promise program guarantees full tuition and standard fees will be covered by grant or scholarship support for eligible, low-low middle income, Washington resident students. Students do not repay this assistance and as tuition increases, so do the grants and scholarships. Around 8,500 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 the institution’s programs to guide and prepare students and families 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 the 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 the institution’s 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 students. The goals of the program are to strengthen students’ math and problem solving skills, prepare students for applying to college, and 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 equipped to assist it’s program participants who aspire to enroll in the University of Washington. 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 post-secondary 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 the institution’s other policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:

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 to support non-traditional students?:

A brief description of the institution’s scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:

The UW has a variety of programs for non-traditional and part-time students. Many of the programs and resources vary by campus, school and department but resources for incoming students new or transfer students looking to attend classes on a part-time bases can be found in the Student Guide (see link below).

Scholarships are very similar in that they vary by campus, school and department. Examples of such scholarships aimed at part time students include UW Tacoma's "Next Step Scholarship" (https://www.tacoma.uw.edu/financial-aid/next-step-scholarship) and the iSchool's financial aid package that includes online hybrid learning (https://ischool.uw.edu/programs/mlis/tuition-financial-aid/uw-funds).

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:

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 the institution’s other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:

The Women's Center and the Office of Minority Affairs & serve both non-traditional 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/

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 source(s) and notes about the submission:

Additional affordability and access information available at website below:

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