Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 51.46
Liaison Bradley Flamm
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

West Chester University of Pennsylvania
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.01 / 4.00 Bradley Flamm
Director of Sustainability
Office of the President
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Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :

Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:

Percentage of entering students that are low-income:

Graduation/success rate for low-income students:

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

WCU uses a combination of need-based scholarships, federal and state financial aid, and the use of special circumstance review to adjust eligibility for families who have changes in circumstances in order to maximize need-based aid and minimize the cost of attendance.

The WCU Promise Program is a campus support program serving unaccompanied homeless and foster youth. The program helps support students with access to year-round housing on campus including over breaks, food and supplies from the Resource Pantry, priority employment opportunities, access to scholarship funds, monthly dinners that provide mentorship and a safe space to share successes and challenges, and more. (See https://www.wcupa.edu/_services/FIN_AID/promiseprogram.aspx.)

The Financial Aid Office in partnership with the West Chester University Veteran's Center is committed to facilitating communication among our campus offices in order to serve student Veterans, military service members, reservists, and their families with a coordinated system of service to provide a meaningful transition from the military to West Chester University. (See https://www.wcupa.edu/_services/FIN_AID/veterans.aspx.)

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

The Office of Financial Aid supports programming of non-traditional organizations such as the Super-Moms Club.

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:

Website URL where information about the institution’s accessibility and affordability initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

Response to criterion "Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid" from Common Data Set 2018-19, line H2i (see attached).

Response to criterion "Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt" from Common Data Set 2018-19, line H5a (see attached).

Responses provided by Tori Nuccio, Interim Associate Director of Financial Aid (tnuccio@wcupa.edu, x2574).

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