Students of color on financial aid

Students of color on financial aid feel discriminated against because some cannot afford the additional cost of single rooms or the cost of getting medical verification of the need for accommodations.

Possible Solutions

Evaluate the financial model to increase aid eligibility for students who are on financial aid.

Do a better job informing students of the resources available to them at The Claremont Colleges and help students overcome cultural barriers that may exist to utilizing such services (e.g., Student Health Services can evaluate students for disability accommodations).

Programming to be offered in Spring 2016:

January 30 – The First Gen committee will host a Financial Aid Session. Topics will include 1) the cost of attendance, 2) sources of financial aid, 3) why college is so expensive, and 4) overview of renewing financial aid for next year.

March 25, April 1, April 8 – Financial Aid Lab Hours (2-4pm). To assist students with completing the FAFSA & PROFILE, the Financial Aid Office will be staffing the computer lab to answer questions while students complete their applications.

January 29-April 29 –Financial Aid Fridays. Each Friday, a brief email will be sent to students, staff and faculty outlining important information about renewing financial aid. Topics to be covered include: completing PROFILE, FAFSA, creating a FAFSA user ID, common filing mistakes with the FAFSA, how to use IDOC, how to find outside scholarships, etc.

Point Person(s)

VP Finance and Administration, VP OSA, Interim President, Student Affairs


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