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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 Silver
Overall Score 47.40
Liaison Havina Georgieva
Submission Date April 4, 2017
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STARS v2.1

FIE: Foundation for International Education
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 4.00 Havina Georgieva
Programmes Coordinator
Administration
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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:

FIE offers a wide range of resources that aim to assist students in exploring the various financial aid options available to the them. All resources are available on FIE's website at http://fie.org.uk/homepage/scholarships-aid

Along with providing information and links to external financial providers, FIE also offers a growing list of scholarships, which are tailored to serve the needs of various student groups.

Over $140,000 in scholarships is available in the categories below and through FIE's partner scholarship scheme. FIE believes the considerable expansion of its scholarship program indicates FIE's commitment to its values and to reaching students from all communities.

Sharif Rahman - Semester & Quarter Scholarship ($3,000)
Sharif Rahman - Summer Scholarship ($1,000)
Sharif Rahman - Conflict and the Struggle for Peace Scholarship ($1,000)
Anonymous Donor - Conflict and the Struggle for Peace Scholarship ($2,000)
Generation Study Abroad Spring Scholarship ($3,000)
FIE Dublin @ UCD STEM Scholarship ($7,000, Full-Year)
FIE Dublin @ TCD Scholarship ($6,000, Full-Year)
Diversity Abroad & FIE Scholarship ($3,000 - Spring Only)

Further information on each scholarship can be found on the FIE website at: http://fie.org.uk/homepage/scholarships-aid/fie-scholarships


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


STAFFING AND PROFESSIONAL RESOURCES
FIE staff and faculty hail from all over the globe and from all walks of life and are equipped to support students from a variety of backgrounds. For vacant roles, FIE welcomes applications from all sections of the community. FIE engages in professional development and dialogue on diversity and inclusivity through association with:

The Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD)
The Diversity Abroad Network
The Forum on Education Abroad
NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
NAFSA: Association of International Educators
NADP-UK National Association of Disability Practitioners

http://fie.org.uk/about-us/our-values/diversity-inclusivity


A brief description of the institution’s programs to guide and prepare students and families from low-income backgrounds for higher education:

In their pre-departure preparation students and families are encouraged to explore FIE's website where they can find a wealth of resources to help them prepare for their study-abroad experience. FIE staff also organise virtual pre-departure orientation, where they share with students budgeting, packing advise, as well as transport and amenities suggestions. In their pre-departure email communication, the Student Life Team also provides further advice on how to navigate the study-abroad experience on a budget.

Upon arrival students also gain access to the FIE's virtual learning environment which hosts a series of student-produced guides to living on a low income in London.

The Student Life Team also provides student with access to a wide-range of extra-curricular activities to enrich their experience. All events are advertised on FIE’s extra-curricular calendar and are offered at reduced, more affordable price. http://fie.org.uk/extracurricularactivities

FIE has also created a page for ‘affordable living in London’ on the FIE's website called ‘Free & Cheap London’ (http://fie.org.uk/free-cheap-london).

While abroad students have the opportunity to sign up for the FIE Student Interest Group for Limited Finance. Members of this group receive e-mails from an FIE staff member with useful information on how to manage their budget better and make the most of their study-abroad experience by way of maximising the financial resources they have (http://fie.org.uk/student-resources).


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

Sharif Rahman - Semester & Quarter Scholarship ($3,000)
Sharif Rahman - Summer Scholarship ($1,000)
Sharif Rahman - Conflict and the Struggle for Peace Scholarship ($1,000)
Anonymous Donor - Conflict and the Struggle for Peace Scholarship ($2,000)
Generation Study Abroad Spring Scholarship ($3,000)
FIE Dublin @ UCD STEM Scholarship ($7,000, Full-Year)
FIE Dublin @ TCD Scholarship ($6,000, Full-Year)
Diversity Abroad & FIE Scholarship ($3,000 - Spring Only)


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

All partner institutions are contacted with regular news letters notifying them of FIE's scholarships providing details of the funding of each scholarship, application requirements and applicability to each semester.

FIE's US-based Development Team is also actively engaged in promoting FIE's funding opportunities in all communication with partner institutions and directly to students at international education fairs on campus.


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

Second-hand Textbooks
To reduce the cost of purchasing textbooks, FIE encourages students to donate their unwanted textbooks at the end of each semester. The following semester, new students have the opportunity to purchase used textbooks at a price of £5. All proceeds go to The Marol Academy - FIE's charity of choice.


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:
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A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:

Due to the admissions process requirements, all students enrolled on an FIE program have to be enrolled in a full-time course and thus a part-time student’s policy is not applicable in FIE's circumstances.

While FIE does not have specific policies for part-time students and those who are parents, as per its equal opportunities policy and accessibility accommodation process, FIE strives to provide the necessary adjustments to its learning and housing environment to accommodate the specific needs of each student.

Comprehensive student resources have been developed for the following diverse groups of students:

- Speakers of English as a Second Language
- Communities of Colour
- LGBTQ & Allies
- Latino/a Students
- Religion & Spirituality
- Fraternity and Sorority Life
- Limited Finances
- Disability and Accessibility
- Non-traditional Students (24 and over)
- First Generation College Students
- Gender and Gender Identity
- Veterans and Military Connected Students

More information on the FIE Interest Groups listed above can be found at http://fie.org.uk/student-resources


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (tracking accessibility and affordability)? (If data is not available, select 'No'):
No

The percentage of entering students that are low-income (0-100):
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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):
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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:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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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.