Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 67.00
Liaison Alistair Hall
Submission Date March 15, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Vassar College
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.58 / 4.00 Alistair Hall
Sustainability Assistant
Dean of Strategic Planning
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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:

Vassar College maintains a policy of need blind admission for all domestic students, and makes no loans to students whose families make less than $60,000.


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

Transitions is an orientation program for low-income and first-generation students at Vassar. Kickstarted in 2012, Transitions gives low-income students four days on campus before New Student Orientation to meet with key administrators and take mock classes. All 50 of the 2012 Transitions students were assigned student mentors who helped them move into their dorms and answered their questions about campus life. Transitions activities continue throughout the school year.


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

Vassar administers grants to students whose families make under $60,000 a year. The College meets 100% of demonstrated financial need, for both international and domestic students.


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

The Office of Admissions and Financial Aid practices targeted outreach to students from low-income backgrounds through a series of collaborations with non-profit organizations engaged in preparing minority students for college. Among these are Questbridge at the national level, Prep for Prep in New York City and Bright Horizons, New Beginnings and College Match in California. Various College groups, such as the Office of Campus Life and the ALANA Center, have also hosted low-income high school students, organized independently from Vassar's Admissions program. High school students are invited to meals and social events with current Vassar students.


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

Vassar operates an Infant & Toddler Center for young children and the Wimpfheimer Nursery school which provide day care and preschool for students, faculty, staff and other community members.


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

Vassar College was the first tertiary institution to partner with the Posse Foundation to launch the Posse Veterans Program, which increases the accessibility of a four-year college education for U.S. veterans. Vassar also has an employee reimbursement program, wherein full-time employees of Vassar may take classes and work towards a degree.


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):
24

The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):
84

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):
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):
50

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):
23

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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