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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 69.02
Liaison Sara McKinstry
Submission Date March 30, 2018
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STARS v2.1

University of California, San Diego
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.49 / 4.00 Elizabeth Simmons
Executive Vice Chancellor
Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs
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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:

Every qualified student, regardless of income, who dreams big and works hard should be able to enroll, thrive, and graduate from the greatest public university system in the world. That’s why we have one of the most generous and progressive financial aid programs in the nation. UC's Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan helps ensure that students will not have to pay UC’s system-wide tuition and fees out of their own pocket if they are a California resident whose total family income is less than $80,000 a year and they qualify for financial aid — and that's just for starters. Blue and Gold students with sufficient financial need can qualify for even more grant aid to help reduce the cost of attending. If students are eligible, their system-wide tuition and fees will be fully covered by scholarship or grant money. The plan combines all sources of scholarship and grant awards they receive (federal, state, UC, and private) to go toward covering your tuition and fees. Students with greater financial need can qualify for even more grant support to help defray other educational expenses (like books, housing, transportation, etc.).
Applicants don't need to fill out a separate application to qualify for the Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan. They will receive the benefits of the Blue and Gold plan automatically if they qualify. More information can be found at:
http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/paying-for-uc/glossary/blue-and-gold/index.html

The TRIO Student Support Services Program (SSSP) is committed to providing support and information that validates each student's experience and nurtures a sense of participation, belonging and empowerment. TRIO SSSP is for students who are low-income, first-generation college students and/or students with disabilities. Through mentorship, academic programs, one-to-one counseling/ advising, referrals to campus resources and social/ cultural programming, we strive to maximize your involvement and success in the campus academic community. In addition to assisting students through to graduation, TRIO SSSP helps motivate and inform students to utilize services to enhance their preparation for the job market and/or graduate and professional school admission.

Chancellor’s Associates Scholarship Program- Graduates of UC San Diego Partner High Schools (Preuss School, Lincoln High School, Gompers Preparatory Academy) who accept offers of admissions to UC San Diego may receive up to $40,000 in scholarship support.


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

Faculty and staff can work with UC San Diego's learning center, OASIS, which provides academic support in a comprehensive manner through a coordinated structure of programs and services that address the holistic needs of all students. http://blink.ucsd.edu/instructors/advising/oasis.html


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

UCSD Health, Recreation and Wellbeing has joined hands with the the UCSD Grad Parents Network and the UCSD Undergrad Student Parents Network to support student parent academic achievement
https://students.ucsd.edu/well-being/wellness-resources/student-parents/index.html

The Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP) is the University of California's largest academic preparation program. At UC San Diego, the EAOP has been working to help underprivileged students since 1976. EAOP's mission is to assist first-generation, socio-economically disadvantaged, and English-language learners by helping them prepare for postsecondary education, pursue graduate and professional school opportunities, and achieve success in the workplace.

To achieve this goal EAOP works with K-12 students, their parents, school representatives and community members to design, implement and evaluate programs and services that foster students’ academic development to make them admissible to the post-secondary institution of their choice (UC, CSU, and CCC). EAOP works to help California prepare for tomorrow's challenges, global competition, and democratic participation preparing the future leaders of communities with the tools to make responsible choices for our society.


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

The University of California provides many different types of scholarships.
Chancellor’s Associates Scholarship Program- Graduates of UC San Diego Partner High Schools (Preuss School, Lincoln High School, Gompers Preparatory Academy) who accept offers of admissions to UC San Diego may receive up to $40,000 in scholarship support.

The Regents Scholarships, UC’s most prestigious scholarships, are for students with outstanding academic records and personal achievements. These scholarships may be either honorary or need-based. Alumni Scholarships are awarded to entering students who have demonstrated leadership, academic achievement, and participation in extracurricular activities. There are also restricted scholarships that are available only to students with specific backgrounds, academic interests, career objectives, and other criteria. UCSD provides the following restricted scholarships: Ellen and Roger Revelle Scholarship, UCSD Athletic Scholarship, James Avery Scholarship, Black Alumni Scholarship, Clayton H. Brace Scholarship, Chancellor’s Freshman Scholarship, CREATE Undergraduate Scholarship, Herbert & Renita Greenberg Scholarship, Hispanic Scholarship Council Scholarship for Community Service, Charmaine and Maurice Kaplan Scholarship, Kelly J. Kolozsi Memorial Scholarship, Ledell Family Scholarship, Claude and Irene McFarland Scholarship, Dr. A.R. Moossa Scholarship, Shelia Owens-Collins Scholarship, George Parker Memorial Scholarship, Gerald and Inez Grant Parker Foundation Scholarship, Mary Pillot Scholarship, Preuss School Scholarship at UCSD, Ray and Betty Ramseyer Scholarship, Rose Foundation Scholarship, Shimotori Memorial Scholarship, Student Foundation Scholarship, Shimotori Memorial Scholarship, Student Foundation Scholarship, Ludwig and Ada Strauss Scholarship, Mary S. and Joseph W. Watson Scholarship, and Allene Huanani Wong Scholarship.


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

UCSD Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP): EAOP's mission is to assist first-generation, socio-economically disadvantaged, and English-language learners by helping them prepare for postsecondary education, pursue graduate and professional school opportunities, and achieve success in the workplace. To achieve this goal EAOP works with K-12 students, their parents, school representatives and community members to design, implement and evaluate programs and services that foster students’ academic development to make them admissible to the post-secondary institution of their choice (UC, CSU, and CCC). See http://eaop.ucsd.edu/ for additional information.


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

The Student Retention & Success (SRS) team within the Office of Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs creates programs and services that foster student success, in academics and co-curricularly. https://students.ucsd.edu/sponsor/success/welcome.html


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:

Early Childhood Education Center (ECEC): This center is open to the children of full-time UCSD students, staff, and faculty, as well as a limited number of non-UCSD affiliates. ECEC is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).


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

Student Veterans Resource Center (SVRC)- Dedicated in November 2013, the SVRC includes 1,600 square feet of lounge, meeting, office and kitchen space. In addition, a full-time staff member will provide support services to student veterans in this location.

The Guardian Scholars Program supports former foster youth by awarding scholarships up to $5,000 per academic year to eligible UC San Diego undergraduate students. https://students.ucsd.edu/finances/financial-aid/types/scholarships/guardian.html

Scholarships for Entering Transfer Students:
https://students.ucsd.edu/finances/financial-aid/types/scholarships/transfer-students.html


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):
37

The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):
85.50

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):
86.10

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):
40

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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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.