Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 68.39
Liaison Brian Liechti
Submission Date March 4, 2020

STARS v2.2

Warren Wilson College
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.53 / 4.00 Margo Flood
Sustainability Project Coordinator
Finance and Administration
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Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :
39

Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:
11

Percentage of entering students that are low-income:
65

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

In addition to federal and state aid programs, Warren Wilson offers the following:

Merit Scholarships
All admitted undergraduates are considered for Merit Scholarships, which can be as high as $21,000 per year. Combined with the Work Grant and need-based aid, the College is committed to making Warren Wilson an affordable option.

F.A.R.M.S. Scholars
Designed to address the financial barriers that often prevent underrepresented students from pursuing agriculture or pre-vet studies, the F.A.R.M.S. program is holistic preparation to develop high-level agricultural practice and research scientists. Beginning with a $15,000 scholarship and culminating in research and internship opportunities, F.A.R.M.S. scholars are supported and mentored throughout their educational program. https://www.warren-wilson.edu/academics/farms/

Warren Wilson’s Work Program Grants
Every student at Warren Wilson must join a student work crew as a requirement for graduation. For this work, each student earns a grant that serves as a tuition discount.

To make Warren Wilson even more affordable, the College implemented the following programs in 2018:

•North Carolina Free Tuition Plan for North Carolina students: Every qualified NC undergraduate student who is eligible for federal and/or state need-based aid can attend Warren Wilson tuition-free.
•Full-tuition Milepost One scholarships: For qualfied students with total family income levels equal to or below $125,000 per year, families who may not be eligible for federal or state need-based grants still have an opportunity to earn a full tuition scholarship. This includes eligibility for international and DACA students.


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

Warren Wilson College is an approved institution for veterans to attend and to receive VA educational benefits, Post 9/11 GI Bill, for all undergraduate programs. In 2017-2018, 8 out of 657 undergraduate students attending Warren Wilson used VA benefits. Warren Wilson is also a Work College. Normally, greater than 90% of our full-time students live on campus because graduation requirements include participation in our Work Program and Community Engagement, as well as Academics. The curriculum model does not easily facilitate schedules for older, non-traditional students who prefer to attend college part-time. Regardless, there are often a few students each year with whom the College works to develop a graduation plan that honors their needs and fulfills Warren Wilson's requirements.They are often students who are attending with VA educational support.


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:
0.02

Website URL where information about the institution’s accessibility and affordability initiatives is available:
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Data has been drawn from College Navigator for the 2017-2018 academic year and reviewed by the director of Financial Aid.

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