Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.65
Liaison John Gardner
Submission Date Nov. 27, 2019
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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.25 / 4.00 Kate Nelson
Chief Sustainability Officer
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have policies and programs to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:
Yes

A brief description of any policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students:

As a state institution of higher education, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is committed to keeping tuition and fees affordable for Wisconsin residents and our surrounding communities. UWM is the most affordable 4-year degree in the Milwaukee area and is one of the most affordable R1 institutions in the country.

M3- M-cubed (M3) is a collaboration between Milwaukee’s three urban public education institutions, Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) and University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (UWM). M-cubed seeks to ensure student success within these institutions to meet the workforce needs of business and industry in our region and improve the well-being of Wisconsin citizens, their families and communities. In sum, M-cubed is transforming the future of Milwaukee through education. M-cubed’s investment in education is well placed. M-cubed’s K-16 approach is especially needed for children living in homes where they will be the first in their family to go to college, or, first to graduate from high school. Head of household data for Milwaukee’s children show that 20% have not attained a high school diploma, 55% have a high school degree or GED, 8% have an associate degree and 17% have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
M-cubed is an investment in the education or our city’s students, which is a critical component for our region’s economic success and overall vibrancy. M-cubed will increase collaboration, ensure alignment and leverage internal and external resources to build an education pipeline focused on increasing student and community success.


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

"Beyond the First Year Summit"- Campus session to support advisers and faculty with student success and retention.

Life Impact Program
The Life Impact Program assists disadvantaged parents in their efforts to attain a higher education. The program provides participants with a $5,000 renewable scholarship as well as academic, professional and personal support. Program scholars have access to a Life Coach team who serves as a first point of contact for all concerns. This team follows students' progress, assesses their needs and provides them with resources, workshops and/or referrals to other on-campus or community programs. To date, program efforts have resulted in 84.2% graduation and retention rate for the 133 UWM student parents that have been served. Of the program graduates, 100% have reported employment and/or are seeking advanced degrees within 6-9 months of graduation.


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

The Student Success Center has several services and centers that support low-income students, including, but not limited to the Access to Success Program.


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

TUITION ASSISTANCE GRANT
A State grant for undergraduate Wisconsin residents who don't receive the Wisconsin Higher Education Grant (WHEG). Family income must be less than $60,000 and must have unmet need.

FEDERAL PELL GRANT
The Pell Grant is available to high need undergraduate students seeking their first undergraduate degree. Student’s eligibility is determined by the federal need analysis formula. The amount of the Pell Grant varies depending on the information supplied on the FAFSA and whether a student goes full-time or part-time.

FEDERAL SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY GRANT
The Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant is awarded to undergraduate students with high need and is awarded in addition to the Federal Pell Grant. Eligibility is also based on the availability of funds.

WISCONSIN GRANT(FORMERLY WISCONSIN HIGHER EDUCATION GRANT, WHEG)
This is a state funded grant available to undergraduate Wisconsin residents pursing their first undergraduate degree who have high need as determined by the state formula. Students must be enrolled for at least six credits and can receive the grant for a maximum of 10 semesters.

TALENT INCENTIVE PROGRAM GRANT
The Talent Incentive Program (TIP) Grant provides grant assistance to the most financially needy and educationally disadvantaged undergraduate Wisconsin resident students. First-time freshmen students are nominated for the TIP Grant by the school financial aid offices or by counselors of the Wisconsin Educational Opportunity Programs (WEOP). To continue to receive the TIP Grant, students must show financial need. Eligibility cannot exceed ten semesters and is only available for six years after the initial grant is awarded. Funding for the TIP Grant is provided by both the State of Wisconsin and the Federal Government.

FEDERAL WORK STUDY
Federal Work Study is one of the Title IV federal financial aid programs. It is awarded to students based on their demonstrated financial need using information from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Through this program students may earn up to the amount listed on their financial aid award letter and their wages will be subsidized by the federal government. Due to this subsidy, some employers require students with Federal Work Study awards and their job postings will state this. If a student does not qualify for Federal Work Study they apply for any position listed as Regular.


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

M3- M-cubed (M3) is a collaboration between Milwaukee’s three urban public education institutions, Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS), Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) and University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (UWM). M-cubed seeks to ensure student success within these institutions to meet the workforce needs of business and industry in our region and improve the well-being of Wisconsin citizens, their families and communities. In sum, M-cubed is transforming the future of Milwaukee through education. M-cubed’s investment in education is well placed. M-cubed’s K-16 approach is especially needed for children living in homes where they will be the first in their family to go to college, or, first to graduate from high school. Head of household data for Milwaukee’s children show that 20% have not attained a high school diploma, 55% have a high school degree or GED, 8% have an associate degree and 17% have a bachelor’s degree or higher.
M-cubed is an investment in the education or our city’s students, which is a critical component for our region’s economic success and overall vibrancy. M-cubed will increase collaboration, ensure alignment and leverage internal and external resources to build an education pipeline focused on increasing student and community success.


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

Outreach with Milwaukee Public Schools is extensive. Also there is the Upward Bound programs. Students who enroll in the Upward Bound program must be a first-generation college student or meet income eligibility guidelines. The UWM Upward Bound program selects students in grade 9 and 10 who attend one of the following "target" schools: Bay View, Hmong American Peace Academy, Morse Marshall, Milwaukee High School of the Arts, Riverside, South Division, Washington, and Wisconsin Conservatory Lifelong Learning.

TRIO & PRECOLLEGE PROGRAMS
Host multiple programs for middle and high school students to prepare them for college success.


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

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

LIFE IMPACT PROGRAM
The Life Impact Program assists disadvantaged parents in their efforts to attain a higher education. The program provides participants with a $5,000 renewable scholarship as well as academic, professional and personal support. Program scholars have access to a Life Coach team who serves as a first point of contact for all concerns. This team follows students' progress, assesses their needs and provides them with resources, workshops and/or referrals to other on-campus or community programs. To date, program efforts have resulted in 84.2% graduation and retention rate for the 133 UWM student parents that have been served. Of the program graduates, 100% have reported employment and/or are seeking advanced degrees within 6-9 months of graduation.
The Life Impact Program was established in 2005 through a generous donation from the Jane Bradley Pettit Foundation. Along with their continued support, funding from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation has allowed Life Impact to expand and extend thier program services.


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 Children's Learning Center is located right on the main UWM campus. UWM Students receive greatly discounted fees for child care.


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

The Student Success Center offers distinct services and orientation for Transfer and Adult Students.

UWM’s extensive program array offers a wide range of academic options, including hundreds of online and blended courses to accommodate your busy life. UWM offers 23 degree programs that can be completed entirely during evening hours. Resources such as the UWM Children’s Center, the Life Impact Program, Military Education Benefits Office and many other support services help adult and returning students keep balance in their lives while earning a degree.

UWM also hosts an Outstanding Nontraditional Student Awards every year.


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (tracking accessibility and affordability)? (If data is not available, select 'No'):
Yes

The percentage of entering students that are low-income (0-100):
37

The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):
34.50

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):
49.90

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):
4

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):
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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As a nationally ranked Doctoral/Research Extensive University emphasizing results-oriented research, and as a public university that promotes diversity and inclusion in all we do, our faculty, instructors and advisers provide many ways for UWM students to achieve academic excellence.

Sources:
https://uwm.edu/studentorientation/new-transfers-fall/
http://uwm.edu/financialaid/types-of-aid/
http://uwm.edu/family/
https://uwm.edu/undergrad-admission/
https://uwm.edu/trio/
https://www.wisconsin.edu/education-reports-statistics/download/ipeds(2)/student_financial_aid/MIL_201819_SFA.pdf
https://uwm.edu/institutional-research/common-data-set-cds/
Graduation and success rates of low income students from "Retention & Graduation Trends" report from OAIR.

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