Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 45.05
Liaison Daniela Beall
Submission Date Nov. 6, 2017
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STARS v2.1

University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.79 / 4.00 Debbie Furlong
Director of Institutional Research
Institutional Research & Assessment
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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:

All students are encouraged to apply for federal and state aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Eligibility for different grant programs is determined by the results of the FAFSA. We do not have specific institutional aid programs geared toward the "low income" however, we do not require new traditional students to live on campus, so a local, low income student (or any new student) could lower costs by commuting from home.

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


The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is one of 32 colleges (one of four UW System schools) in the United States to receive funding to help low-income students who encounter financial emergencies while attending college.

The grant comes from the Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates, which awarded $7.2 million in “Dash Emergency Grants” to colleges that will integrate emergency grant programs into their overall student success strategy with the goal of increasing retention and completion rates. The program has been in existence since 2012. It is the first time UW-Green Bay has been awarded the grant.

Low-income students (defined as those students with estimated family contribution of less than $7,000 on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid or FAFSA) will be eligible to apply for the funds. Through the grant, UW-Green Bay can provide students with up to $1,000 for unanticipated expenses that are not college-related.

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

TRiO Programs
The Upward Bound program at UWGB offers tutoring labs during the academic year to its high school students at East, West, and Preble High Schools in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Additionally, the Upward Bound program takes its students on tours to colleges around the Midwest throughout the year, provide assistance in finding and filling out college financial aid applications, help students find and complete ACT and SAT prep courses if desired, take students on various community service activities throughout the year. During the summer Upward Bound brings its students to UWGB for a six week residential learning experience where they live in the dorms and take courses from veteran teachers and university professors.

The RCMS program at UWGB runs a six week residential program concurrently with Upward Bound. In addition to a collegiate experience and challenging courses during its summer session, RCMS provides its students with assistance in applying for financial aid, in applying to colleges, and in bettering ACT and SAT scores through prep courses. As RCMS students come from all over the Midwest its academic-year interaction with its students takes the form of challenge questions and newsletters.

Both programs run their summer programs from July through August, July 2 through August 12 for 2017.

Precollege Programs
The Precollege Programs at UWGB consist of two-week, residential experiences at UWGB where students live in the dorms on campus and attend classes during the week. Students participate in one of three programs: Young Writers Workshop, Stars of the Future/ Estrellas del Futuro, Learning with Legos. All three run concurrently, from June 18 through June 30 for 2017, and share dorm staffs.

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

There are several University scholarships that are designated for students who show financial need according to their processed FAFSA application. The definition of low income versus financial need may vary and need is one criteria that would be considered in awarding most scholarships.

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

The Phoenix Start Program is an admissions program which works with students who show promise for success. These largely first generation and low-income students who do decide to come to UW - Green Bay continue to participate in this high-touch program where the receive advising and monitoring to achieve success. In addition, the campus American Intercultural Center works to recruit multi-cultural students from urban and inner city areas.

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

UW-Green Bay runs a local, award-winning program called Phuture Phoenix with the following goals and objectives:

To encourage at-risk students, starting at the fifth-grade level, to complete high school and attend college, thus boosting the percentage of NE Wisconsin graduates who continue onto college

To provide positive role models for at-risk students and allow UW-Green Bay students the opportunity to perform community service

To create a relationship between the community, university and area youth.

To provide fifth graders an opportunity to visit and experience their public university

To increase the number of pre-teens and young teens who view education as a path to a brighter future

To provide scholarships for Phuture Phoenix students who graduate from high school and attend UW-Green Bay

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:

In addition to general scholarship information available through the Financial Aid Office, privately-funded scholarships are available specifically for Adult Degree Program students who exhibit the maturity, ability, and desire to meet the challenges inherent in our academic program.

Southeastern Wisconsin's Educational Consortium (SEWEC) Scholarships

The goal of SEWEC is to help adult students realize their options for higher education in Southeast Wisconsin. We understand that cost may be holding some applicants back from being able to achieve their educational goals, which is why we have created three $1,200 SEWEC scholarships to be awarded to one associate, one undergraduate and one graduate student entering a new degree program.

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:

No on-site facility

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

The UW-Green Bay Adult Degree Program will join in observing “National Nontraditional Student Week” Nov. 2-6, 2015. Among the activities will be soliciting non-trads to nominate faculty or staff members who have made a difference in their lives, to tweet selfies of themselves doing schoolwork at work or home, an honor society induction ceremony, and prize drawings. Meanwhile, ADP shares these facts:

• 29% (1,782) of current students at UWGB are non-traditional
• The average GPA of non-traditional students is 3.52
• Average credit load is 9.5 credits per semester
• The average age of non-traditional students at UWGB is 34
• 635 non-traditional students at UWGB are from Brown County

Faculty members can nominate a non-traditional student to highlight. Also part of Nontraditional Student Week, faculty members can nominate a favorite non-traditional student for recognition.

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:

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