Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.38
Liaison Olivia Shehan
Submission Date Nov. 13, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Wellesley College
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.18 / 4.00 Dorothea Von Herder
Sustainability Coordinator
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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:

- No loan policy for students from families with less than $60,000 income
- Need-blind admission policy for U.S. citizens and permanent residents along with guarantee to meet 100% of students’ demonstrated need
- Provide health insurance grants to students with Parent Contributions of $3,000 or less

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

There are frequent speakers and programs held open to faculty.

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

Wellesley support of Wellesley/MIT Upward Bound (https://mitwupwardbound.mit.edu/) is a combination summer camp and academic year program that prepares Boston youth for academic success.

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

Wellesley participates in the QuestBridge Match Scholarship Program which provides scholarships to low-income, high achieving students. QuestBridge Scholars receive a financial aid award with $0 Parent Contributions and no packaged student loans.

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

QuestBridge Program participation, includes invitation by QuestBridge Finalists to apply for travel grants to attend Wellesley’s Discover Wellesley Weekend and Admission staff participation in three national conferences for QuestBridge Finalists. In every region to which Admission staff travel for recruitment purposes, staff identify community-based organizations that serve underrepresented students of color and/or students from low-income families in applying to college and attempt to visit with students from these organizations or connect with the college counseling staffs of the organizations.

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

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:

The Davis Degree program offers non-traditionally aged students a chance to fully participate in a Wellesley College education. The program offers flexible enrollment options and additional funding to Davis Degree program students with demonstrated needs.

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 Child Study Center is an onsite laboratory preschool for the Wellesley College Psychology Department, which offers preschool and daycare programs throughout the academic year. Admission is offered to the general community with preference offered to children of faculty and staff of the college and to siblings of children already attending. Childcare is provided for continuing tenured and tenure track faculty. The college also partially subsidizes backup in-home childcare for college employees to relieve them of childcare duties during school vacations, when their child is sick, and other unexpected events.

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

The Postbaccalaureate Study Program is a non-degree, non-certificate program, open to men and women, aimed at students who are preparing for medical or graduate school, or those who are working to make a career change.

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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