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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 38.32
Liaison Patrick McKee
Submission Date March 30, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Eastern Kentucky University
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.26 / 4.00 Patrick McKee
Sustainability Manager
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have policies and programs 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:
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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 the institution’s programs to guide and prepare students and families from low-income backgrounds for higher education:

EKU provides several programs to assist students and families from low-income backgrounds with transition to and progression though college. Those programs include:
NOVA (https://nova.eku.edu/)
Educational Talent Search (http://ets.eku.edu/)
McNair Scholars Program (http://mcnair.eku.edu/)
Upward Bound (http://upwardbound.eku.edu/)
Freshmen Academy (http://freshmanacademy.eku.edu/)


A brief description of the institution's scholarships for low-income students:
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A brief description of the institution’s targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:

The EKU Admissions Office recruits throughout the state of Kentucky but pays special attention to the poorest counties in the state. EKU visits all high schools in eastern and central multiple times throughout the year and provides presentations focused on the needs of low-income, first-generation college students. The Admissions Office also participates in college fairs, college signing days, and award ceremonies. Additionally, the Admissions Office heavily promotes the Trailblazer Scholarship which is an award that helps first-generation students finance their first year of college.


A brief description of the institution’s other policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:
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Does the institution have policies and programs to support non-traditional students?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:
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A brief description of the institution’s on-site child care facility, partnership with a local facility, and/or subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of students:

EKU's Scholar House offers on campus low income housing and childcare to single parents attending the university as full-time students.

Scholar House: https://soto.eku.edu/eastern-scholar-house-program


A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:
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Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (tracking accessibility and affordability)? (If data is not available, select 'No'):
Yes

The percentage of entering students that are low-income (0-100):
46

The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):
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On average, the percentage of need that was met for students who were awarded any need-based aid (e.g. as reported to the U.S. Common Data Set initiative, item H2) (0-100):
80

The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt or for whom no out-of-pocket tuition is required (i.e. the percentage of graduates who have not taken out interest-bearing loans) (0-100):
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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 (0-100):
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The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Andrea Spry - Student Financial Aid
Stephanie Whaley - Admissions

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.