Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Stephanie MacPhee
Submission Date Dec. 20, 2013
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STARS v2.0

Wilfrid Laurier University
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Catherine Bolton
Account Administrator
Student Awards Office
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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:

OSAP – Federal and provincial loans and grants provided to students based on financial circumstances.

Ontario Tuition Grant: Provided to full time undergraduate students who have a combined family income of less than $160,000 annually

Student Access Guarantee: Bursary assistance provided to OSAP students who have tuition and compulsory fees that are higher than the maximum allowable costs considered through OSAP

General Tuition Bursary Program: Provided to all students (full or part time) who are able to demonstrate financial need by submission of an online budget through the Student Awards Office.


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

Our office oversees policies and procedures for students. We do not oversee faculty or staff programs. However, our office does provide information sessions to Academic Advisors and to the Recruitment Office on programs that are run through the Student Awards Office.


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

Headstart: Incoming Laurier students provided with budget management and financial aid information prior to the start of the academic year.

PASS: Course offered to 1st year students outlining many of the programs offered through the University. Student Awards offers 2 sections for this 1st year course: Financial Aid Options and Financial Budgeting for Students.

National Student Loans Service Centre Information Session: Student Awards works with the NSLSC representative to provide information sessions for students who have received OSAP funding. These sessions outline the student’s responsibilities for loan repayment and also their options should they find themselves unable to make their payments.


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

Student Awards Office has numerous academic scholarships that have a financial need component. These opportunities are matched through the Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund. Students must meet academic program requirements and must demonstrate financial need to be eligible for these competitive opportunities. Students must submit a Student and Faculty Profile each year to be considered for these opportunities.
(https://telaris.wlu.ca/ssb_prod/bwkkspgr.showpage?page=BSA_AWARDS_SEARCH).


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

The First Year and Return Student Registration Guides each have a section on student aid and how to finance studies.
(http://www.wlu.ca/documents/46322/LaurierRegistrationGuide_WAT_2013_Apr26.pdf)


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

Student Awards Office staff participate in high school information sessions as well as the “Building Bridges” program to assist high school students considering entering post secondary studies.


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:

Student Awards Office also operates a Work Study Program which allows students to work for departments at the University. Students may work between 10 to 15 hours per week and earn between $2000 and $3000 in an 8 month academic term to assist them with costs associated through attending university.


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:

Locus Program through Residence which supports students living off-campus


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:

There is a partnership with an external day care provider which offers part-time and full-time day care available to students. In 2014 this will be directly on campus.


A brief description of other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:
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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::
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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:
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The website URL where information about the institution's affordability and access programs is available:

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