Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 51.83
Liaison Leslie North
Submission Date Jan. 9, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Western Kentucky University
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.52 / 4.00 Elizabeth McGrew
Graduate Research Assistant
Social Responsibility & Sustainable Communities
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Does the institution have policies and programs in place 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:

WKU strives to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students through loans, scholarships, and grants. The Student Government Association also offers scholarships to students for assistance with costs of attendance during Winter and Summer terms, which other loans may not cover.


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 any programs to prepare students from low-income backgrounds for higher education:
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A brief description of the institution's scholarships for low-income students:

Western Kentucky University offers a variety of scholarships to qualifying students including Merit Scholarships, Tuition Incentive Program (TIP), Departmental Scholarships and Alumni Grants. Scholarships are available to Freshmen, returning students and transfer students from community or junior colleges. Some scholarships from WKU are renewable each academic year while others are awarded one time only.


A brief description of any programs to guide parents of low-income students through the higher education experience:
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A brief description of any targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:
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A brief description of other admissions policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:
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A brief description of other financial aid policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:
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A brief description of other policies and programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students not covered above:
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Does the institution have policies and programs in place to support non-traditional students?:
Yes

A brief description of any scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:
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A brief description of any onsite child care facilities, partnerships with local facilities, and/or subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of students:
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A brief description of other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:

WKU's Faculty Center for Excellence in Training offers a workshop, "Issues and Challenges: Non-Traditional Students." This workshop helps faculty understand how to meet the needs of non-traditional students. WKU also has a Women in Transition Program that provides a computers lab (computers and printer), lounge, and kitchen for women in the program. This program serves to provide a space where women can support each other and have access to the technology necessary to succeed.


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (accessibility and affordability indicators)?:
Yes

Indicators that the institution is accessible and affordable to low-income students::
Percentage (0-100)
The percentage of entering students that are low-income 41
The graduation/success rate for low-income students 44
The percentage of student financial need met, on average 29
The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt 38

The percentage of students that participate in or directly benefit from the institution’s policies and programs to support low-income and non-traditional students:
62

The website URL where information about the institution's affordability and access programs is available:

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.