Log In
  • AASHE-STARS

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 52.49
Liaison Alexi Lamm
Submission Date Nov. 1, 2016
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

Utah State University
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.06 / 4.00 Michelle Bogdan
Director
Access and Diversity Center
"---" indicates that no data was submitted for this field

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:

Some scholarships are need-based. If a student demonstrates financial need and meets necessary qualifications, the university may offer assistance in the form of grants, work-study or loans.


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

No information available at this time


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

USU STARS! is a federally funded program that was designed to help students prepare for and succeed in college. Students from 17 selected middle and high schools will be followed in this program until they complete their first year of college in 2019. Schools and community partners have teamed up to provide services to students to help them
succeed in school now and succeed in college in the future. Parents and educators are also receiving workshops and training to help them better help their students.
http://utahstars.usu.edu/students/


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

Need-based scholarships are awarded to those students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to pursuing higher education but may have suffered potential setbacks. Several scholarships will be offered in varying amounts based on the following information: ability to cover college costs (based on FAFSA results), extenuating circumstances, first-generation status, and motivation to earn a degree.


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

No additional information available at this time.


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

No additional information available at this time.


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:

The Access and Diversity Center provides programs, family-friendly activities,
information, support, referrals, and scholarships to support nontraditional students.
http://www.usu.edu/accesscenter/nontraditional/


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:

Aggie Care partners with careaboutchildcare.utah.gov to provide with updated information on licensed child care providers in our area. Provides information on child care programs in a certain areas, one that has preschool curriculum, a program that cares for infants, toddlers, preschool or school age children or has open flexible hours, we can help. Provides assistance and information on the child care program interview process. Aggie Care offers many written materials including checklists and brochures to help know what questions to ask and what to look for when interviewing programs. Support and information after a child care program has been slected to ensure that the parent and the child care provider become positive partners in providing the best care for you child.
http://www.usu.edu/aggiecare/htm/child-care-options


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

No additional information at this time


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):
28

The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):
64.27

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):
60

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):
54

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):
---

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
---

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.