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Liaison Jack Byrne
Submission Date Jan. 31, 2011
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Middlebury College
PAE-10: Affordability and Access Programs

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Complete Expired Kim Downs
Associate VP for Student Financial Services
Student Financial Services
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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 the institution’s participation in federal TRIO programs:

The college does not participate in a federal TRIO program.


A brief description of the institution’s policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students?:

The college follows a need-blind admission policy for domestic students, which means that a student's financial status does not influence the admission decision. Middlebury makes every effort to help all candidates obtain the financial aid they need in the form of grants, loans, and work/study jobs once they are accepted. Middlebury will offer an aid package that meets 100 percent of a student’s financial need as calculated by the Student Financial Services Office. Additionally, the maximum amount of loans given to a student is based on the family’s annual income so that students do not acquire loans beyond their family’s means.


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

There has been a working group established, geared toward assuring that the needs of low-SES students are understood, that appropriate funding is allocated and easily accessible, and that faculty, staff and students are well-informed about these funding resources. This group includes the Associate Dean of the College, Director of International Student and Scholar Services, Senior Advisor for Diversity Initiatives and the Associate Vice President for Student Financial Services.


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

There are student support programs providing laptops and health insurance to some of our low income students. Students are notified of these programs upon acceptance to Middlebury. Middlebury also offers limited travel assistance to some of our first year low income International students.


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

Middlebury does not offer merit-based scholarships, but does meet 100% of student’s financial need as calculated by the Student Financial Services Office. Middlebury is a partner college of the Posse Foundation program, which is a college access and youth leadership development program for students from disadvantaged urban backgrounds. (http://www.possefoundation.org/). Middlebury also receives funding from the Davis United World College Scholars Program to give need-based scholarships to graduates of United World College schools.


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

Middlebury does not have any such programs.


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

Middlebury is a partner college of the Posse Foundation program, which is a college access and youth leadership development program for students from disadvantaged urban backgrounds. Every year, ten to twelve students from the Posse New York program attend Middlebury. (http://www.possefoundation.org/)


A brief description of the institution’s other admissions policies and programs:

Admission for domestic students is need blind to ensure that students from all socio-economic backgrounds are considered equally.


A brief description of the institution’s other financial aid polices or programs:

Using a combination of grants, loans, and work/study jobs, the College gives aid packages that meet 100% of students’ needs as determined by the Student Financial Services Office.


A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs not covered above:
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The website URL where information about programs in each of the areas listed above is available:

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