Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.88
Liaison Alex Frank
Submission Date April 14, 2022

STARS v2.2

University of Wisconsin-Madison
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.19 / 4.00 Alex Frank
Sustainability Analyst
Office of Sustainability
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Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :
80

Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:
57.20

Percentage of entering students that are low-income:
17.30

Graduation/success rate for low-income students:
85.70

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

Bucky's Tuition Promise (https://financialaid.wisc.edu/types-of-aid/tuition-promise/):
First announced in February 2018, Bucky’s Tuition Promise is a commitment to Wisconsin resident students. The program guarantees scholarships and grants to pay for tuition & segregated fees for students whose household adjusted gross income (AGI) is $60,000 or less. Incoming freshmen will receive eight (8) consecutive semesters (4 years) of free tuition & segregated fees and transfer students will receive four (4) semesters (2 years).

Badger Promise (https://financialaid.wisc.edu/types-of-aid/badger-promise/):
Originally announced in February 2017, the Badger Promise is a commitment to Wisconsin resident, first-generation college students. The program guarantees a period of free tuition and segregated fees to those who have successfully transferred from any of the two-year UW Branch campuses (formerly UW Colleges) or from liberal arts associate degree programs at Madison College (Madison Area Technical College), Milwaukee Area Technical College, Western Technical College, Nicolet College, the College of Menominee Nation, the Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, and Chippewa Valley Technical College.


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

Eagle's Wings (https://www.housing.wisc.edu/apartments/eagles-wing/): Operated by University Housing, Eagle’s Wing Child Care and Education Programs is dedicated to providing children with the highest quality care. A variety of child-care programs for children ages 6 weeks – 8 years are available Monday through Friday, year-round. Eagle’s Wing serves families from University Apartments, UW-Madison, and the surrounding community.

Childcare Tuition Assistance Program (https://occfr.wisc.edu/financial-assistance/uw-madison-students/child-care-tuition-assistance-program-cctap/): This program provides financial assistance to income eligible UW-Madison student parents (not UW employees or postdocs) for their child care expenses in order to:
- Encourage student parents to choose consistent, high quality child care;
- Enable student parents to complete their degree in a timely manner; and
- Focus attention on family and academic responsibilities.

The award-winning UW-Madison Odyssey Project (https://odyssey.wisc.edu/): takes a whole family approach to breaking the cycle of generational poverty through access to education, giving adult and youth learners a voice, and increasing confidence through reading, writing, and speaking. Now in its 18th year, this inspirational project has empowered more than 500 low-income adults to find their voices and get a jump start at earning college degrees they never thought possible. Some graduates of the program have journeyed from homelessness to UW-Madison degrees, or from incarceration to meaningful work in the community. In this six-credit English literature course, UW-Madison faculty members introduce adults to great works of literature, philosophy, history, and art and help them improve skills in writing and critical thinking. In class, students read, write about, and engage in lively discussions of Emily Dickinson, Martin Luther King, Walt Whitman, Shakespeare, Lorraine Hansberry, and more.


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:
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Website URL where information about the institution’s accessibility and affordability initiatives is available:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data reported under item #2 (Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt) was for undergraduate students only (the largest student cohort).

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