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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 57.03
Liaison Heather Lynch
Submission Date Oct. 4, 2017
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STARS v2.1

Saint Michael's College
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.98 / 4.00
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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:

Saint Michael's College has joined the 30 founding members from the nation’s most respected colleges and universities in a new initiative to substantially expand the number of talented low- and moderate-income students at America’s top-performing undergraduate institutions with the highest graduation rates.
The American Talent Initiative (ATI), supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, brings together a diverse set of public and private institutions united in this common goal. They are enhancing their own efforts to recruit and support lower-income students, learn from each other and contribute to research that will help other colleges and universities expand opportunity.


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

The Saint Michael’s Edmundite Grant is a need-based grant awarded in consideration of financial need as determined by the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), other financial resources for which the student is eligible and academic merit.


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

The Saint Michael's College Early Learning Center exists primarily to deliver quality child care to the youngest members of the Saint Michael's College community. These young members, from infancy to school age, will find a nurturing, loving and intellectually stimulating environment which mirrors the larger community of Saint Michael's College. More specifically, the Early Learning Center will provide opportunities and a curriculum for children to grow and develop within an orderly, supportive environment in which cognitive, social and physical needs are met. The Center will also provide an opportunity for students of human growth and development to observe and interact with children as they play, discover and learn.


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

As noted in another section of STARS, we have a very strong Veterans and Military Community Services Office to support students in the military taking classes at the college. We promote our Military Community programming through our website and our internal portal pages. We also have a Military specific page in our “Travel Pieces” which are delivered to prospective students at High schools, Education Fairs (traditional and at Military Installations), and Education Offices at National Guard and Active Duty Bases. These “Travel Pieces” are also available at community Veteran Service Organizations. The College’s Coordinator of Military Community Services works closely with our Vet Center, Lakeside VA (CBOC), Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing and Vermont Veterans Outreach.


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):
16.59

The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):
70.30

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):
83

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):
28

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.