|Submission Date||June 30, 2017|
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ASUM Sustainability Coordinator
Students who qualify for TRIO Student Support Services include those who are first-generation college students and those who qualify under federal financial guidelines as low income. The University also utilizes the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students.
The University Financial Aid Office works with faculty and staff to ensure they understand the financial aid options to be able to advise students. Additionally, the Faculty Development Office offers annual workshops for faculty aimed at building awareness of common barriers and challenges faced by students from low-income backgrounds.
The Financial Aid Office hosts high school aid nights where representatives educate students and their parents about financial aid options. TRiO Student Support Services also provides resources to low-incomes students and their families.
The University offers the Charlotte Yeoman Martin Scholarship for students who are low-income, academically challenged, or who face other obstacles. The University also offers a Montana Education Savings Account that matches savings 3:1 to go toward education. Finally, UM offers PELL grants for low-income students who qualify.
Many of the recruitment efforts intended to reach low-income students in Montana and surrounding states overlap with our efforts to reach First Nation students and students from rural communities. For instance, UM's recruitment staff spend at least 6 days per year in native communities around the state recruiting students from our tribal communities. We also dedicate recruitment staff and time to rural Montana high schools in the far eastern portion of the state. In both instances, staff make sure prospective students are aware of our 2+2 program wherein students enrolled in tribal colleges can complete the first two years of their bachelor's degree at their home institutions before transferring to UM in Missoula. Similarly, the University of Montana includes a 2 year technical college, Missoula College, which offers the technical programs many of our rural and low-income students are most interested in exploring in their first two years. Often these students will enroll at Missoula College or their home tribal colleges and then complete their 4 year degree at UM.
Missoula College, UM's 2 year technical college, offers affordable tuition, evening, and weekend classes that tend to make college more accessible on a limited income and for students who must work full-time and attend classes.
The University of Montana does not currently have any merit scholarships provided specifically for part-time students (in fact, most scholarships require full-time enrollment), though we do provide students access to a scholarship portal that includes non-UM scholarships available to students enrolled part-time.
UM's student government, ASUM, operates two full-service child care centers on campus to serve students, faculty, and staff. The centers are funded by student fees, tuition, state and federal grants, and the University of Montana. Day care and early childhood education are provided at an affordable price to all UM affiliates.
To reach prospective non-traditional students who are currently part of the workforce, UM recruitment staff regularly participate in job and employment fairs around the state. Missoula College, UM's two-year technical college, offers extensive evening, online, and weekend classes for students who work full-time or have schedules that don't allow them to attend 8am-5pm classes. UM's student government also offers several programs that tend to serve (even if open to all students) a largely non-traditional student population. The ASUM Legal Services office offers free legal services and counseling to any UM student enrolled in at least 6 academic credits per semester. The ASUM Off-Campus Renter Center provides free counseling and resources to any UM student enrolled in at least 6 academic credits per semester. The Renter Center supports students who live in non-UM owned housing in Missoula with a database of rental housing opportunities, renters' rights workshops, and legal support through ASUM legal services.