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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 Gold
Overall Score 68.58
Liaison Mary Ellen Mallia
Submission Date Jan. 15, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University at Albany
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.76 / 4.00 Mary Ellen Mallia
Director of Environmental Sustainability
Finance and Business
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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:

UAlbany participates in several programs including the federal work study program that provides part-time jobs to students with financial needs; http://www.albany.edu/financialaid/awardsdetail_work.shtml

Federal Pell Grants are available to UAlbany students; http://www.albany.edu/financialaid/pell.shtml

The Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) is a federal grant awarded by the college to matriculated undergraduate students with exceptional need. http://www.albany.edu/financialaid/awardsdetail_grants.shtml

The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) helps eligible New York residents pay tuition at approved schools in New York State. http://www.hesc.ny.gov/pay-for-college/financial-aid/types-of-financial-aid/grants/tap-eligibility.html
EOP is a grant program for New York State residents who are admitted to the college through the Educational Opportunity Program at the beginning of their postsecondary study. Students must be full-time matriculated undergraduates. http://www.albany.edu/eop/

The university participates in following TRIO programs:
Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement
Student Support Services
Talent Search
TRIO Dissemination Partnership Program
Training Program for Federal TRIO Programs Staff
Upward Bound
Upward Bound Math-Science


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

The University has a campus wide UAlbany Access program, designed to create dialogs and training around cultural competency and understanding the differences/needs of students, including those from low-incomes.


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

Each summer, there is a mandatory pre-freshmen summer program that all EOP freshmen admits must attend. The program is a 5-week residential program that begins in July and ends in early August. The purpose of this program is to provide the students with a five-week orientation to University life and to assist them with preparing for college studies. The program is free. The full cost of tuition, fees, room and board, and books is paid for through an EOP Grant and university financial support. Small classroom instruction is offered to remediate, enrich, and provide a better start for university courses that will be taken in the fall semester. Students are also exposed to numerous academic and non-academic survival skills, extensive individual and group counseling sessions, and personal and educational advisement. Other priorities during the summer include extensive study skill enrichment and career awareness sessions.

UAlbany also participates in C-STEP (Collegiate Science and Technology Program). C-STEP is funded by the New York State Department of Education. Students who pursue a career in mathematics, science, technology or health-related fields qualify for the program. If chosen to participate, these students get to participate in programs that help them with research, graduate/professional school admissions preparation, standardized tests preparation and academic/career development activities. http://www.albany.edu/oaae/cstep.shtml


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

The Carson Carr, Jr. Scholarship Fund
Named in honor of Dr. Carson Carr, a leading educator and administrator at UAlbany and director of the Educational Opportunity Program, this scholarship supports undergraduate students who demonstrate financial need and who are in good academic standing. First preference is for students who are from the Capital Region.
The Bosco Family Scholarship Fund
Established by Ronald A. Bosco, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, Bernadette M. Bosco, MBA '89 and Mary Angela Costabile, this scholarship is awarded in conjunction with UAlbany’s Second Chance Scholarship Program. The Second Chance Scholarship Program was established to assist economically and/or educationally disadvantaged students who require financial support to undertake successful post-secondary education, and are identified as having the potential and the desire to continue their formal education.
The Louise DeAngelis Hall Student Aid Endowment
Established by Louise DeAngelis Hall '42 to be awarded to students for educational purposes, and who are part of the Educational Opportunities Program.
The Yang Family Scholarship Fund
In order to provide scholarship support for students who demonstrate financial need, in consideration to academic achievement (2.7 minimum GPA), this endowment fund has been established by Mark C. Yang ’92 and his parents, Mr. Hung Chow Yang and Mrs. Shiu Shia Hu Yang. Special consideration may be given to students enrolled in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) or a comparable program designed to meet similar goals.
In addition there is the New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and University at Albany Alumni Association Scholarships


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

The Educational Opportunity Program conducts outreach to parents of low-income students.


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

The Educational Opportunity Program collaborates with admissions to conduct outreach and recruitment efforts of low-income students.


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

see above


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

see above


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:

There are a variety of scholarships for students who wish to attend school at part-time:
- Part-time students are eligible for Pell Grants that they can apply for through the federal government.
-The Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS) program is a state program that awards up to $2,000 for qualified part-time undergraduate students. Eligibility for this program is based on economic need and the amount of credits the student chooses to pursue.
http://www.albany.edu/financialaid/apply_apts.shtml


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:

UAlbany has an on site child care facility called UKids which offers early childhood care programs as well as school age programs (Summer camps, school break programs).
http://www.albany.edu/ukids/


A brief description of other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:

The university has established a program to assist veterans in getting their degree. See: http://www.albany.edu/veterans/vet.php
Financial aid is available and listed at: http://www.albany.edu/financialaid/awardsdetail_mil.shtml


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::
Percentage (0-100)
The percentage of entering students that are low-income 53
The graduation/success rate for low-income students 67
The percentage of student financial need met, on average 26
The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt 30

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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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.