Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Nathan King
Submission Date Feb. 16, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.0

Western Colorado University
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired John Kawauchi
Vice President of Marketing & Institutional Advancement
Marketing & Institutional Advancement
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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:

State-mandated institutional grant aid; state and federal aid is all "ear marked" as FAFSA outlines; Merit scholarships have increased in the past 5 years- higher dollar amounts have been offered to low-income students.


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

*see notes section


A brief description of any programs to prepare students from low-income backgrounds for higher education:

*see notes section
kwalters@western.edu


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

Merit scholarship program is open to all students, need is not specifically considered. Has helped students of all income backgrounds, Grant funding is specifically for students in need.


A brief description of any programs to guide parents of low-income students through the higher education experience:

No specific outreach to community, but offer Financial Aid nights describing FAFSA process to help low-income students and their families as well as to make the community more aware of what is available to help them in the higher education process.


A brief description of any targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:

Due to our placement of recruiters, particularly in to Denver-Metro area, we have targeted and are making significant in-roads into underserved populations.


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

Because we have a low tuition, are already moderately-selective, and have diverse and robust support mechanisms once students are accepted, we do not have specific programs.


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

n/a


A brief description of other policies and programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students not covered above:

n/a


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:

(Sully Ramiro) No scholarships for part-time students as most are required for full-time students. Only federal Pell Grant is able for part-time students

Growing Vets program.

Currently piloting select courses at Delta Technical College and are looking into offering courses on military bases, as well as a satellite location in Colorado Springs.


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:

Limited- we have the ability to add it in to a student's budget for the year, tends to be presented in the form of a loan. Every student case is different, but there are allowances for child-care needs when applicable.


A brief description of other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:

See academics


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (accessibility and affordability indicators)?:
No

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

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:
---

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

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