Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 61.15
Liaison Ashley Woolman
Submission Date April 8, 2022

STARS v2.2

Western Colorado University
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.05 / 4.00 Ashley Woolman
Sustainability Coordinator
Facilities Services
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Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :
47

Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:
37

Percentage of entering students that are low-income:
30

Graduation/success rate for low-income students:
40

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

Western offers many types of financial aid: scholarships, tuition discount program, grants, loans, college opportunity fund, and work-study.


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

Western Colorado University provides undergraduate scholarships and discounts to students who are enrolled in degree programs through funds provided by alumni, private donors, the federal and state government and College general funds. Merit scholarships, WUE, and Central Plains discounts are only available to students seeking their first undergraduate degree.

The Office of Financial Aid awards merit-based academic scholarships and other awards each year to entering freshmen. All scholarships are awarded for the academic year (fall and spring semesters). Scholarships are awarded based on information submitted on the Western Colorado University admissions application. A separate scholarship application is not required unless noted.

All institutional/grant program awards are based on a student’s classification for tuition purposes, a combination of ACT/SAT scores, coursework, cumulative high school grade point average and information contained in the admissions application.

Freshman scholarships are four year (eight consecutive semesters), renewable scholarships requiring full time enrollment. Full-time enrollment (minimum 12 hours per semester) in an undergraduate degree program is required as well as meeting minimum grade point average requirements.


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