Overall Rating Gold - expired
Overall Score 69.30
Liaison Dave Barbier
Submission Date May 14, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.87 / 4.00 Shelly Janowski
Sustainability Coordinator
Facility Services
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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:

Financial aid is money provided to help meet the costs of attending college, and may consist of any combination of grants, loans, scholarships and work study. Aid is intended to help make up the difference between the students' educational costs and the amount their family is expected to contribute, as determined by the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The Financial Aid Office strives to ensure all students receive the most favorable aid award possible according to their individual needs and aid availability. Aid is awarded on a priority basis (neediest students receiving more in grants, work study and low-interest loans), and not all students will be eligible for need-based aid.

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

The Center for Inclusive Teaching and Learning (CITL) is devoted to providing opportunities for professional and personal growth of the teaching and learning community by supporting pedagogy, instructional technology, and instructional design for all modes of instruction and has, as the central tenet of its mission, the goal of fostering a dynamic campus committed to student learning within a culture of inclusivity and diversity.

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

The Upward Bound program is designed to improve high school students’ academic skills and decision making skills while building the self-confidence necessary to prepare them to obtain a college education. Students must also meet one or ideally both of the items below:
1. Potential First Generation College Student - means that a participant comes from a family where no parent has earned a four-year degree.
2. Low Income - a participant’s family income is at or below federally determined low income levels.

The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has hosted the Upward Bound Program for over 50 years. It is a pre-college program and part of the Federal TRIO Programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education. All participants are underrepresented high school students, grades ninth through twelfth.

The Upward Bound staff provide year-round services to the students through online tutoring, monthly school visits, our Fall & Spring Workshops, and the Summer Session. All services are provided to our students at no cost!

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

Upward Bound Senior and Upward Bound Alumni scholarships

College specific scholarships where financial need is a criteria such as Elizabeth Pfiffner Debot Memorial Scholarship, Alpha Phi Omega, Thomas A Plein Scholarship

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

The Upward Bound program targets 10 schools in a seven-county target area in central and northern Wisconsin. Upward Bound recruits new program participants at its various target schools. The Summer Session is a major part of Upward Bound. Held on the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point campus, this six-week academic program gives students a taste of the college experience, at no cost.
Additional outreach materials include a newsletter "Pointing Upward", brochures, online videos, and events, such as college visits in the spring and fall.

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

UW-Stevens Point was awarded a Title III grant from the U.S. Department of Education in 2013 with performance period ending 9/30/2018. The $1.8 million, five-year grant will fund the program Strengthening Academic Success: More Graduates for Wisconsin. Title III is part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. The grant is part of a Strengthening Institutions Program, which helps higher education programs expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen an institution’s academic quality, institutional management and fiscal stability.

There are two types of student employment opportunities: the College "Work Study" Program (federally funded) and "regular work." Only students who demonstrate financial need and request work study on the FAFSA can be considered for work study. Our Student Involvement and Employment Office is ready to assist with the work study program. Our student employment professionals are actively connected to on- and off-campus employers who are seeking part-time student help.

Other sources of financial aid include vocational rehabilitation grants, Wisconsin Scholars fund, the Midwest Student Exchange Program, Academic Excellence Scholarships and others.

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:

Alpha Phi Omega Scholarship
Vivian and Lulu Kellogg Scholarship Fund
Elizabeth Pfiffner Debot Memorial Scholarship
Dick Toser Alumni Memorial Scholarship

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 UW-Stevens Point Child Learning and Care Center has discounted rates for students.

UWSP Student-Parent Child Care Scholarship was established in collaboration with Student Government Association to assist parents enrolled in post-secondary education obtain safe, dependable care that supports their children’s development while allowing completion of the parent’s academic programs.

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

We are the "go to" place for nontraditional students at UWSP, serving as a resource and providing a variety of services and support designed to meet your needs and help you succeed here at UWSP.
We are available to assist you over 50 hours each week during the academic school year. Our office (066D DUC) is a great place to do your homework, meet with study groups, and network with other nontraditional students. Stop in and use our student computers and printer free of charge.

When you come to the nontrad office, be sure to sign up to be on our email distribution list, and while you are here, check out the bulletin board where you will find current scholarship postings and other information pertinent to nontraditional students.
Business at Night Degree Completion program http://www.uwsp.edu/cps/conted/Pages/BusNIGHT/default.aspx

Student Organization- Alliance for Nontraditional Students at UWSP

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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