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Institutional Research

Common Data Set

The Common Data Set is a set of standards and definitions used in higher education designed to improve quality and accuracy of reported data across all colleges and universities in order to aid students entering college.

Students and other stakeholders can use this document to make comparisons with other colleges and universities in order to make more informed decisions about college attendance.





Respondent Information

Name: Leslie Weinsheim
Title: Coordinator - Institutional Research, Planning & Development
Office:  
Mailing Address: 100 College Avenue
City/State/Zip/Country: Sterling, Colorado 80751
Phone: 970-5821-6714
Fax: 970-522-4945
E-mail address: leslie.weinsheim@njc.edu
Are your responses to the CDS posted for reference on your institution's web site Yes
Please provide the URL

https://www.njc.edu/institutional-research

Address Information

Name of College/University Northeastern Junior College
Mailing Address: 100 College Avenue
City/State/Zip/Country: Sterling, Colorado 80751
Street Address (if different)  
City/State/Zip/Country:  
Main Phone Number 800-626-4637
WWW Home Page Address www.njc.edu
Admissions Phone Number 970-521-6600
Admissions Toll Free Phone Number 800-626-4637
Admissions Office Mailing Address 100 College Avenue
City/State/Zip/Country: Sterling, CO 80751
Admissions Fax Number: 970-521-6715
Admissions E-mail Address: admissions@njc.edu
If there is a separate URL for your school's online application, please specify: https://www.njc.edu/admissions
If you have a mailing address other than the above to which applications should be sent, please provide:  

Source of institutional control

Public X
Private (nonprofit)  
Proprietary  

Classify your undergraduate institution:

Coeducational college X
Men's college  
Women's college  

Academic year calendar:

Semester X
Quarter  
Trimester  
4-1-4  
Continuous  
Differs by program (describe):  
Other (describe):  

Degrees offered by your institution:

Certificate X
Diploma  
Associate X
Transfer Associate X
Terminal Associate X
Bachelor's  
Post-bachelor's certificate  
Master's  
Post-master's certificate  
Doctoral degree research/scholarship  
Doctoral degree - professional practice  
Doctoral degree - other  

Enrollment and Persistence

Institutional Enrollment - Men and Women Provide numbers of students for each of the following categories as of the institution's official fall reporting date or as of October 15, 2018. Note; Report students formerly designated as "first professional" in the graduate cells.

  FULL-TIME   PART-TIME  
  Men Women Men Women
Undergraduates        
Degree-seeking, first-time Freshmen 190 185 25 15
Other first-year, degree-seeking  30 27 5 19
All other degree-seeking 207 192 50 158
Total degree-seeking 427 404 80 192
All other undergraduates enrolled in credit courses 6 14 136 233
Total undergraduates  433 418 216 425
Graduate        
Degree-seeking, first-time 0 0 0 0
All other degree-seeking 0 0 0 0
All other graduates enrolled in credit courses 0 0 0 0
Total graduate 0 0 0 0

Total all undergraduates                              1,492
Total all graduate                                                0
GRAND TOTAL ALL STUDENTS               1,492

Enrollment by Racial/Ethnic Category. Provide numbers of undergraduate students for each of the following categories as of the institution's official fall reporting date or as of October 15, 2018. Include international students only in the category "Nonresident aliens." Complete the "Total Undergraduates" column only if you cannot provide data for the first two columns. Report as your institution reports to IPEDS: persons who are Hispanic should be reported only on the Hispanic line, not under any race, and persons who are non-Hispanic multi-racial should be reported only under "Two or more races."   

  Degree-Seeking First-time First year Degree-Seeking Undergraduates (include first-time first-year) Total Undergraduates (both degree and non-degree-seeking)
Nonresident aliens 30 49 52
Hispanic/Latino 62 145 205
Black or African American, non-Hispanic 19 47 48
White, non-Hispanic 271 781 1,055
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic 0 5

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Asian, non Hispanic 4 12 13
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic 0 0 1
Two or more races, non-Hispanic 14 27 33
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 15 37 79
TOTAL 415 1,103 1,492

Persistence

Number of degrees awarded from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018

Certificate/diploma 366
Associate degrees 328
Bachelor's degrees 0
Postbachelor's certificates 0
Master's degrees 0
Post-Master's certificates 0
Doctoral degrees - research/scholarship 0
Doctoral degrees - professional practice 0
Doctoral degrees - other 0

Graduation Rates

The items in this section correspond to data elements collected by the IPEDS Web-based Data Collection System’s Graduation Rate Survey (GRS).  For complete instructions and definitions of data elements, see the IPEDS GRS Forms and Instructions for the 2017-18 Survey

For Two Year Institutions

Please provide data for the 2015 cohort if available. If 2014 cohort data are not available, provide data for the 2014 cohort.

Initial 2015 cohort, total of first-time, full-time degree/certificate-seeking students: 377
Of the initial 2015 cohort, how many did not persist and did not graduate for the following reasons: death, permanent disability, service in the armed forces, foreign aid service of the federal government, or official church missions; total allowable exclusions: 0
Final 2015 cohort, after adjusting for allowable exclusions (Subtract question B13 from question B12): 377
Completers of programs of less than two years within 150 percent of normal time: 30
Completers of programs of at least two but less than four-years within 150 percent of normal time: 145
Total transfers-out (within three years) to other institutions: 45
Total transfers to four-year institutions: 45

2014 Cohort

Initial 2014 cohort, total of first-time, full-time degree/certificate-seeking students: 357
Of the initial 2014 cohort, how many did not persist and did not graduate for the following reasons: death, permanent disability, service in the armed forces, foreign aid service of the federal government, or official church missions; total allowable exclusions: 0
Final 2014 cohort, after adjusting for allowable exclusions (Subtract question B13 from question B12): 357
Completers of programs of less than two years within 150 percent of normal time: 17
Completers of programs of at least two but less than four-years within 150 percent of normal time: 120
Total transfers-out (within three years) to other institutions: 61
Total transfers to four-year institutions: 61

First-Time, First-Year (Freshman Admission)

Applications

First-time, first-year, (freshmen) students: Provide the number of degree-seeking, first-time, first-year students who applied, were admitted, and enrolled (full- or part-time) in Fall 2018. Include early decision, early action, and students who began studies during summer in this cohort. Applicants should include only those students who fulfilled the requirements for consideration for admission (i.e., who completed actionable applications) and who have been notified of one of the following actions: admission, nonadmission, placement on waiting list, or application withdrawn (by applicant or institution). Admitted applicants should include wait-listed students who were subsequently offered admission.

Total first-time, first-year (freshman) men who applied 427
Total first-time, first-year (freshman) women who applied 427
Total first-time, first-year (freshman) men who were admitted 427
Total first-time, first-year (freshman) women who were admitted 427
Total full-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) men who enrolled 190
Total part-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) men who enrolled 25
Total full-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) women who enrolled 185
Total part-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) women who enrolled 16

Freshman wait-listed students (students who met admission requirements but whose final admission was contingent on space availability)

  Yes No
Do you have a policy of placing students on a waiting list?   X

Admission Requirements

High School Completion Requirement

High school diploma is required and GED is accepted  
High school diploma is required and GED is not accepted  
High school diploma or equivalent is not required X

Does your institution require or recommend a general college-preparatory program for degree-seeking students?

Require  
Recommend  
Neither require or recommend X

Basis For Selection

Do you have an open admission policy, under which virtually all secondary school graduates or students with GED equivalency diplomas are admitted without regard to academic record, test scores, or other qualifications?  If so, check which applies:

Open admission policy as described above for all students X
Open admission policy as described above for most students, but--  
    selective admission for out-of-state students  
    selective admission to some programs  
other (explain):  

Relative importance of each of the following academic and nonacademic factors in first-time, first-year, degree-seeking (freshman) admission decisions.

  Very Important Important Considered Not Considered

Academic

       
Rigor of secondary school record       X
Class rank       X
Academic GPA       X
Standardized test scores       X
Application Essay       X
Recommendation(s)       X

Nonacademic

       
Interview       X
Extracurricular activities       X
Talent/ability       X
Character/personal qualities       X
First generation       X
Alumni/ae relation       X
Geographical residence       X
State residency       X
Religious affiliation/commitment       X
Racial/ethnic status       X
Volunteer work       X
Work experience       X
Level of applicant's interest       X

 

  Yes No
Does your institution make use of SAT, ACT, or SAT Subject Test scores in admission decisions for first-time, first-year, degree-seeking applicants?    X
In addition, does your institution use applicants' test scores for academic advising?   X

Freshman Profile

Percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first-year (freshman) students who had high school grade-point averages within each of the following ranges (using 4.0 scale).  Report information only for those students from whom you collected high school GPA.

Percent who had GPA of 3.75 and higher 15%
Percent who had GPA between 3.50 and 3.74 17%
Percent who had GPA between 3.25 and 3.49 10%
Percent who had GPA between 3.00 and 3.24 17%
Percent who had GPA between 2.50 and 2.99 24%
Percent who had GPA between 2.0 and 2.49 11%
Percent who had GPA between 1.0 and 1.99 6%
Percent who had GPA below 1.0 0%
Totals should = 100% 100%

 

Average high school GPA of all degree-seeking, first-time, first-year (freshman) students who submitted GPA: 3.05
Percent of total first-time, first-year (freshman) students who submitted high school GPA: 64%

Admission Policies

Application Fee

  Yes No
Does your institution have an application fee?   X

Application Closing Date

  Yes No
Does your institution have an application closing date?   X
Are first-time, first-year students accepted for terms other than the fall? X  

Notification to Applicants of admission decision sent

On a rolling basis beginning (date):    no date X
By (date):          
Other:  

Deferred admission

  Yes No
Does your institution allow students to postpone enrollment after admission? X  

Early admission of high school students

  Yes No
Does your institution allow high school students to enroll as full-time, first-time, first-year (freshman) students one year or more before high school graduation?   X

Early Decision and Early Action Plans

  Yes No
Early Decision    
Does your institution offer an early decision plan (an admission plan that permits students to apply and be notified of an admission decision well in advance of the regular notification date and that asks students to commit to attending if accepted) for first-time, first-year (freshman) applicants for fall enrollment?   X
Early Action    
Do you have a nonbinding early action plan whereby students are notified of an admission decision well in advance of the regular notification date but do not have to commit to attending your college?   X

Transfer Admission

Fall Applicants

  Yes No
Does your institution enroll transfer students?  (If no, please skip to Section E) X  
If yes, may transfer students earn advanced standing credit by transferring credits earned from course work completed at other colleges/universities? X  

Provide the number of students who applied, were admitted, and enrolled as degree-seeking transfer students in Fall 2018.

  Applicants Admitted Applicants Enrolled Applicants
Men 60 60 35
Women 98 98 48
Total 158 157 83

Application for Admission

Indicate terms for which transfers may enroll:  
Fall X
Winter  
Spring X
Summer X

 

  Yes No
Must a transfer applicant have a minimum number of credits completed or else must apply as an entering freshman?   X

Indicate all items required of transfer students to apply for admission:

  Required of All Recommended of All Recommended of Some Required of Some Not Required
High school transcript X        
College Transcript(s) X        
Essay or personal statement         X
Interview         X
Standardized test scores X        
Statement of good standing from prior institution(s)         X

 

If a minimum high school grade point average is required of transfer applicants, specify (on a 4.0 scale): no minimum
If a minimum college grade point average is required of transfer applicants, specify (on a 4.0 scale): no minimum

List application priority, closing, notification, and candidate reply dates for transfer students. If applications are reviewed on a continuous or rolling basis, place a check mark in the “Rolling admission” column.

  Priority Date Closing Date Notification Date Reply Date Rolling Admission
Fall         X
Winter          
Spring         X
Summer         X

 

  Yes No
Does an open admission policy, if reported, apply to transfer students? X  

Transfer Credit Policies

Report the lowest grade earned for any course that may be transferred for credit: C

 

  Number
Maximum number of credits or courses that may be transferred from a two-year institution: 45
Maximum number of credits or courses that may be transferred from a four-year institution: 45
Minimum number of credits that transfers must complete at your institution to earn an associate degree: 15

Academic Offerings and Policies

Special study options: Identify those programs available at your institution. Refer to the glossary for definitions.

Accelerated program X
Cooperative education program X
Cross-registration X
Distance learning X
Double major X
Dual enrollment X
English as a second language (ESL) X
Exchange student program (domestic) X
External degree program  
Honors Program X
Independent study X
Internships X
Liberal arts/career combination X
Student-designed major  
Study abroad  
Teacher certification program X
Weekend college  
Other (specify):  

Areas in which all or most students are required to complete some course work prior to graduation:

Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy  
English (including composition X
Foreign languages  
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Philosophy X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X
Other (describe):  

Student Life

Percentages of first-time, first-year (freshman) degree-seeking students and degree-seeking undergraduates enrolled in Fall 2018 who fit the following categories:

  First-time, first-year (freshman) students Undergraduates
Percent who are from out of state (exclude international/nonresident aliens from the numerator and denominator) 10% 5%
Percent of men who join fraternities n/a n/a
Percent of women who join sororities n/a n/a
Percent who live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing 67% 19%
Percent who live off campus or commute 33% 81%
Percent of students age 25 and older 7% 29%
Average age of full-time students 19 22
Average age of all students (full- and part-time) 20 25

Activities offered Identify those programs available at your institution.

Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band  
Dance X
Drama/theatre X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine  
Marching band  
Model UN  
Music ensembles X
Music theatre  
Opera  
Pep band  
Radio station  
Student government X
Student newspaper  
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra  
Television station  
Yearbook  

ROTC (program offered in cooperation with Reserve Officers' Training Corps)

  On Campus At Cooperation Institution Name of Cooperating Institution
Army ROTC is offered: n/a n/a  
Naval ROTC is offered: n/a n/a  
Air Force ROTC is offered: n/a n/a  

Housing: Check all types of college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing available for undergraduates at your institution.

Coed dorms X
Men's dorms  
Women's dorms X
Apartments for married students  
Apartments for single students  
Special housing for disabled students  
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing  
Wellness housing  
Other housing options (specify):  

Annual Expenses

Please provide the URL of your institution’s net price calculator:

Provide 2019-2020 academic year costs of attendance for the following categories that are applicable to your institution.

Undergraduate full-time tuition, required fees, room and board List the typical tuition, required fees, and room and board for a full-time undergraduate student for the FULL 2019-2020 academic year (30 semester or 45 quarter hours for institutions that derive annual tuition by multiplying credit hour cost by number of credits). A full academic year refers to the period of time generally extending from September to June; usually equated to two semesters, two trimesters, three quarters, or the period covered by a four-one-four plan. Room and board is defined as double occupancy and 19 meals per week or the maximum meal plan. Required fees include only charges that all full-time students must pay that are not included in tuition (e.g., registration, health, or activity fees.) Do not include optional fees (e.g., parking, laboratory use).

  First Year Undergraduates
PRIVATE INSTITUTIONS
Tuition:
n/a n/a
PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS
Tuition:
    In-district
$ 4,467 $ 4,467
PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS
    In-state (out-of-district):
$ 4,467 $ 4,467
PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS
    Out-of-state:
$ 6,701 $ 6,701
NONRESIDENT ALIENS
Tuition:
$ 7,446 $ 7,446
REQUIRED FEES: $ 605 $ 605
ROOM AND BOARD:
(on-campus)
$ 7,080 $ 7,080
ROOM ONLY:
(on-campus)
$ 3,058 $ 3,058
BOARD ONLY:
(on-campus meal plan)
$ 4,022 $ 4,022

 

  Minimum Maximum
Number of credits per term a student can take for the stated full-time tuition 15 15
  Yes No
Do tuition and fees vary by year of study (e.g., sophomore, junior, senior)?   X
Do tuition and fees vary by undergraduate instructional program?   X

 

  Residents Commuters (living at home) Commuters (not living at home)
Books and supplies $ 1,800 $ 1,800 $ 1,800
Room only     $ 7,668
Board only   $ 2,446 $ 3,879
Room and board total  (if your college cannot provide separate room and board figures for commuters not living at home):      
Transportation $ 1,665 $ 1,665 $ 1,665
Other expenses $ 3,789 $ 3,636 $ 3,789

Undergraduate per-credit-hour charges (tuition only)

PRIVATE INSTITUTIONS: n/a
PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS
    In-district:
$ 148.90
PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS
    In-state (out-of-district):
$ 148.90
PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS
    Out-of-state:
$ 223.35
NONRESIDENT ALIENS: $ 248.20

Financial Aid

Aid Awarded to Enrolled Undergraduates

Enter total dollar amounts awarded to enrolled full-time and less than full-time degree-seeking undergraduates (using the same cohort reported in CDS Question B1, “total degree-seeking” undergraduates) in the following categories. (Note: If the data being reported are final figures for the 2017-2018 academic year (see the next item below), use the 2017-2018 academic year's CDS Question B1 cohort.) Include aid awarded to international students (i.e., those not qualifying for federal aid). Aid that is non-need-based but that was used to meet need should be reported in the need-based aid columns. (For a suggested order of precedence in assigning categories of aid to cover need, see the entry for “non-need-based scholarship or grant aid” on the last page of the definitions section.)

  2018-2019 final 2017-2018 final
Indicate the academic year for which data are reported for:  

X

 Which needs-analysis methodology does your institution use in awarding institutional aid?

Federal methodology (FM) X
Institutional methodology (IM)  
Both FM and IM  

 

  Need Based $ (include non need based aid used to meet need) Non-need-based $ (Exclude non need based aid used to meet need)
Scholarships/Grants    
Federal $ 1,994,027  
State (i.e., all states, not only the state in which your institution is located) $ 910,552  
Institutional: Endowed scholarships, annual gifts and tuition funded grants, awarded by the college, excluding athletic aid and tuition waivers (which are reported below). $ 440,568  
Scholarships/grants from external sources (e.g., Kiwanis, National Merit) not awarded by the college $ 685,968  
Total Scholarships/Grants $ 4,031,115 $     0
Self-Help    
Student loans from all sources (excluding parent loans) $ 3,040,383  
Federal Work-Study $ 103,660  
State and other (e.g., institutional) work-study/employment (Note: Excludes Federal Work-Study captured above.) $ 208,123  
Total Self-Help $ 3,352,166 $     0
Other    
Parent Loans    
Tuition Waivers
Reporting is optional. Report tuition waivers in this row if you choose to report them. Do not report tuition waivers elsewhere.
   
Athletic Awards    

Aid to Undergraduate Degree-seeking Nonresident Aliens  (Note: Report numbers and dollar amounts for the same academic year checked in item H1.)

Institutional need-based scholarship or grant aid is available  
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available  
Institutional scholarship or grant aid is not available X

Check off all financial aid forms nonresident alien first-year financial aid applicants must submit:

Institution’s own financial aid form  
CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE  
International Student’s Financial Aid Application  
International Student’s Certification of Finances X
Other (specify):  

Process for First-Year/Freshman Students

Check off all financial aid forms domestic first-year (freshman) financial aid applicants must submit:

FAFSA X
Institution's own financial aid form summer aid and FAFSA
CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE  
State aid form  
Noncustodial PROFILE  
Business/Farm Supplement  
Other (specify):  

Indicate filing dates for first-year (freshman) students:

Priority date for filing required financial aid forms: March 1st
Deadline for filing required financial aid forms:  
No deadline for filing required forms (applications processed on a rolling basis):  

Indicate notification dates for first-year (freshman) students (answer a or b):

a)     Students notified on or about (date):   April 15th
  Yes No
b)     Students notified on a rolling basis: X  
        If yes, starting date: April 15th  

Types of Aid Available

Please check off all types of aid available to undergraduates at your institution:

Loans

FEDERAL DIRECT STUDENT LOAN PROGRAM (DIRECT LOAN)

Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans X
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans X
Direct PLUS Loans X
Federal Perkins Loans  
Federal Nursing Loans  
State Loans  
College/university loans from institutional funds  
Other (specify):  

Scholarships and Grants

NEED-BASED:

Federal Pell X
SEOG X
State scholarships/grants X
Private scholarships X
College/university scholarship or grant aid from institutional funds  
United Negro College Fund  
Federal Nursing Scholarship  
Other (specify):  

Check off criteria used in awarding institutional aid. Check all that apply.

  Non-Need Based Need Based
Academics X X
Alumni affiliation X X
Art X X
Athletics X X
Job skills X X
ROTC n/a n/a
Leadership X X
Minority status    
Music/drama X X
Religious affiliation    
Atate/district residency X X

Instructional Faculty and Class Size

Please report the number of instructional faculty members in each category for Fall 2018. Include faculty who are on your institution’s payroll on the census date your institution uses for IPEDS/AAUP.

The following definition of full-time instructional faculty is used by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) in its annual Faculty Compensation Survey (the part time definitions are not used by AAUP). Instructional Faculty is defined as those members of the instructional-research staff whose major regular assignment is instruction, including those with released time for research. Use the chart below to determine inclusions and exclusions:

  Full-time Par-time
(a) instructional faculty in preclinical and clinical medicine, faculty who are not paid (e.g., those who donate their services or are in the military), or research-only faculty, post-doctoral fellows, or pre-doctoral fellows Exclude Include only if they teach one or more non-clinical credit courses
(b) administrative officers with titles such as dean of students, librarian, registrar, coach, and the like, even though they may devote part of their time to classroom instruction and may have faculty status Exclude Include if they teach one or more non-clinical credit courses
(c) other administrators/staff who teach one or more non-clinical credit courses even though they do not have faculty status Exclude Include
(d) undergraduate or graduate students who assist in the instruction of courses, but have titles such as teaching assistant, teaching fellow, and the like Exclude Exclude
(e) faculty on sabbatical or leave with pay Include Exclude
(f) faculty on leave without pay Exclude Exclude
(g) replacement faculty for faculty on sabbatical leave or leave with pay Exclude Include

Full-time instructional faculty: faculty employed on a full-time basis for instruction (including those with released time for research)

Part-time instructional faculty: Adjuncts and other instructors being paid solely for part-time classroom instruction. Also includes full-time faculty teaching less than two semesters, three quarters, two trimesters, or two four-month sessions. Employees who are not considered full-time instructional faculty but who teach one or more non-clinical credit courses may be counted as part-time faculty.

Minority faculty: includes faculty who designate themselves as Black, non-Hispanic; American Indian or Alaska Native; Asian, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, or Hispanic.

Doctorate: includes such degrees as Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Education, Doctor of Juridical Science, and Doctor of Public Health in any field such as arts, sciences, education, engineering, business, and public administration. Also includes terminal degrees formerly designated as “first professional,” including dentistry (DDS or DMD), medicine (MD), optometry (OD), osteopathic medicine (DO), pharmacy (DPharm or BPharm), podiatric medicine (DPM), veterinary medicine (DVM), chiropractic (DC or DCM), or law (JD).

Terminal degree: the highest degree in a field: example, M. Arch (architecture) and MFA (master of fine arts).

  Full-time Part-time Total
(a)     Total number of instructional faculty 52 35 87
(b)     Total number who are members of minority groups 0 0 0
(c)     Total number who are women 27 18 45
(d)     Total number who are men 25 17 42
(e)     Total number who are nonresident aliens (international) 0 0 0
(f)      Total number with doctorate, or other terminal degree      
(g)     Total number whose highest degree is a master's but not a terminal master's      
(h)     Total number whose highest degree is a bachelor's      
(i)      Total number whose highest degree is unknown or other  (Note:  Items f, g, h, and i must sum up to item a.)      
(j)      Total number in stand-alone graduate/ professional programs in which faculty teach virtually   only graduate-level students      

Student to Faculty Ratio

Report the Fall 2018 ratio of full-time equivalent students (full-time plus 1/3 part time) to full-time equivalent instructional faculty (full time plus 1/3 part time). In the ratio calculations, exclude both faculty and students in stand-alone graduate or professional programs such as medicine, law, veterinary, dentistry, social work, business, or public health in which faculty teach virtually only graduate-level students. Do not count undergraduate or graduate student teaching assistants as faculty.

Fall 2016 Student to Faculty Ratio:  17 to 1      (based on 1,492 students and 87 faculty.) 

Undergraduate Class Size

In the table below, please use the following definitions to report information about the size of classes and class sections offered in the Fall 2018 term.

Class Sections:  A class section is an organized course offered for credit, identified by discipline and number, meeting at a stated time or times in a classroom or similar setting, and not a subsection such as a laboratory or discussion session. Undergraduate class sections are defined as any sections in which at least one degree-seeking undergraduate student is enrolled for credit. Exclude distance learning classes and noncredit classes and individual instruction such as dissertation or thesis research, music instruction, or one-to-one readings. Exclude students in independent study, co-operative programs, internships, foreign language taped tutor sessions, practicums, and all students in one-on-one classes. Each class section should be counted only once and should not be duplicated because of course catalog cross-listings.

Class Subsections:  A class subsection includes any subsection of a course, such as laboratory, recitation, and discussion subsections that are supplementary in nature and are scheduled to meet separately from the lecture portion of the course. Undergraduate subsections are defined as any subsections of courses in which degree-seeking undergraduate students enrolled for credit. As above, exclude noncredit classes and individual instruction such as dissertation or thesis research, music instruction, or one-to-one readings. Each class subsection should be counted only once and should not be duplicated because of cross-listings.

Using the above definitions, please report for each of the following class-size intervals the number of class sections and class subsections offered in Fall 2018. For example, a lecture class with 800 students who met at another time in 40 separate labs with 20 students should be counted once in the “100+” column in the class section column and 40 times under the “20-29” column of the class subsections table.

Number of Class Sections with Undergraduates Enrolled

Undergraduate Class Size (provide numbers)

  2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Class Sections 176 200 77 7 1 0 0 461
Class Subsections 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Degrees Conferred

Degrees conferred between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018

For each of the following discipline areas, provide the percentage of diplomas/certificates, associate, and bachelor’s degrees awarded. To determine the percentage, use majors, not headcount (e.g., students with one degree but a double major will be represented twice). Calculate the percentage from your institution’s IPEDS Completions by using the sum of 1st and 2nd majors for each CIP code as the numerator and the sum of the Grand Total by 1st Majors and the Grand Total by 2nd major as the denominator. If you prefer, you can compute the percentages using 1st majors only.

Category Diplomas/Certificates Associate CIP 2010 Categories to Include
Agriculture 11% 12% 1
Natural resources and conservation     3
Architecture     4
Area, ethnic, and gender studies     5
Communication/journalism     9
Communication technologies     10
Computer and information sciences     11
Personal and culinary services 4%   12
Education   1% 13
Engineering     14
Engineering Technologies 6% 3% 15
Foreign languages, literatures, and linguistics     16
Family and consumer sciences     19
Law/legal studies     22
English     23
Liberal arts/general studies   65% 24
Library science     25
Biological/life sciences     26
Mathematics and statistics     27
Military science and military technologies     28 & 29
Interdisciplinary studies     30
Parks and recreation     31
Philosophy and religious studies     38
Theology and religious vocations     39
Physical sciences     40
Science technologies     41
Psychology     42
Homeland Security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services 3% 1% 43
Public administration and social services     44
Social sciences     45
Construction trades     46
Mechanic and repair technologies 46% 6% 47
Precision production     48
Transportation and materials moving     49
Visual and performing arts     50
Health professions and related programs 8% 8% 51
Business/marketing 22% 4% 52
History     54
Other      
Total (should = 100%) 100% 100%  

Common Data Set Definitions

All definitions related to the financial aid section appear at the end of the Definitions document.
Items preceded by an asterisk (*) represent definitions agreed to among publishers which do not appear on the CDS document but may be present on individual publishers’ surveys. 
* Academic advisement: Plan under which each student is assigned to a faculty member or a trained adviser, who, through regular meetings, helps the student plan and implement immediate and long-term academic and vocational goals.
Accelerated program: Completion of a college program of study in fewer than the usual number of years, most often by attending summer sessions and carrying extra courses during the regular academic term.
Admitted student: Applicant who is offered admission to a degree-granting program at your institution.
* Adult student services: Admission assistance, support, orientation, and other services expressly for adults who have started college for the first time, or who are re-entering after a lapse of a few years.
American Indian or Alaska Native: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America (including Central America) and maintaining tribal affiliation or community attachment.
Applicant (first-time, first year): An individual who has fulfilled the institution’s requirements to be considered for admission (including payment or waiving of the application fee, if any) and who has been notified of one of the following actions: admission, nonadmission, placement on waiting list, or application withdrawn (by applicant or institution).
Application fee: That amount of money that an institution charges for processing a student’s application for acceptance. This amount is not creditable toward tuition and required fees, nor is it refundable if the student is not admitted to the institution.
Asian: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent, including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Associate degree: An award that normally requires at least two but less than four years of full-time equivalent college work.
Bachelor’s degree: An award (baccalaureate or equivalent degree, as determined by the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education) that normally requires at least four years but not more than five years of full-time equivalent college-level work. This includes ALL bachelor’s degrees conferred in a five-year cooperative (work-study plan) program. (A cooperative plan provides for alternate class attendance and employment in business, industry, or government; thus, it allows students to combine actual work experience with their college studies.) Also, it includes bachelor’s degrees in which the normal four years of work are completed in three years.
Black or African American: A person having origins in any of the black racial groups of Africa.
Board (charges): Assume average cost for 19 meals per week or the maximum meal plan.
Books and supplies (costs): Average cost of books and supplies. Do not include unusual costs for special groups of students (e.g., engineering or art majors), unless they constitute the majority of students at your institution.
Calendar system: The method by which an institution structures most of its courses for the academic year.
Campus Ministry: Religious student organizations (denominational or nondenominational) devoted to fostering religious life on college campuses. May also refer to Campus Crusade for Christ, an interdenominational Christian organization.
* Career and placement services: A range of services, including (often) the following: coordination of visits of employers to campus; aptitude and vocational testing; interest inventories, personal counseling; help in resume writing, interviewing, launching the job search; listings for those students desiring employment and those seeking permanent positions; establishment of a permanent reference folder; career resource materials.
Carnegie units: One year of study or the equivalent in a secondary school subject.
Certificate: See Postsecondary award, certificate, or diploma.
Class rank: The relative numerical position of a student in his or her graduating class, calculated by the high school on the basis of grade-point average, whether weighted or unweighted.
College-preparatory program: Courses in academic subjects (English, history and social studies, foreign languages, mathematics, science, and the arts) that stress preparation for college or university study. 
Common Application: The standard application form distributed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals for a large number of private colleges who are members of the Common Application Group.
* Community service program: Referral center for students wishing to perform volunteer work in the community or participate in volunteer activities coordinated by academic departments.
Commuter: A student who lives off campus in housing that is not owned by, operated by, or affiliated with the college. This category includes students who commute from home and students who have moved to the area to attend college. 
Contact hour: A unit of measure that represents an hour of scheduled instruction given to students. Also referred to as clock hour.
Continuous basis (for program enrollment): A calendar system classification that is used by institutions that enroll students at any time during the academic year. For example, a cosmetology school or a word processing school might allow students to enroll and begin studies at various times, with no requirement that classes begin on a certain date.
Cooperative education program: A program that provides for alternate class attendance and employment in business, industry, or government.
Cooperative housing: College-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing in which students share room and board expenses and participate in household chores to reduce living expenses.
* Counseling service: Activities designed to assist students in making plans and decisions related to their education, career, or personal development.
Credit: Recognition of attendance or performance in an instructional activity (course or program) that can be applied by a recipient toward the requirements for a degree, diploma, certificate, or other formal award.
Credit course: A course that, if successfully completed, can be applied toward the number of courses required for achieving a degree, diploma, certificate, or other formal award.
Credit hour: A unit of measure representing an hour (50 minutes) of instruction over a 15-week period in a semester or trimester system or a 10-week period in a quarter system. It is applied toward the total number of hours needed for completing the requirements of a degree, diploma, certificate, or other formal award.
Cross-registration: A system whereby students enrolled at one institution may take courses at another institution without having to apply to the second institution.
Deferred admission: The practice of permitting admitted students to postpone enrollment, usually for a period of one academic term or one year.
Degree: An award conferred by a college, university, or other postsecondary education institution as official recognition for the successful completion of a program of studies.
Degree-seeking students: Students enrolled in courses for credit who are recognized by the institution as seeking a degree or formal award. At the undergraduate level, this is intended to include students enrolled in vocational or occupational programs.
Differs by program (calendar system): A calendar system classification that is used by institutions that have occupational/vocational programs of varying length. These schools may enroll students at specific times depending on the program desired. For example, a school might offer a two-month program in January, March, May, September, and November; and a three-month program in January, April, and October.
Diploma: See Postsecondary award, certificate, or diploma.
Distance learning: An option for earning course credit at off-campus locations via cable television, internet, satellite classes, videotapes, correspondence courses, or other means.
Doctor’s degree-research/scholarship: A Ph.D. or other doctor's degree that requires advanced work beyond the master’s level, including the preparation and defense of a dissertation based on original research, or the planning and execution of an original project demonstrating substantial artistic or scholarly achievement. Some examples of this type of degree may include Ed.D., D.M.A., D.B.A., D.Sc., D.A., or D.M, and others, as designated by the awarding institution.
Doctor’s degree-professional practice: A doctor’s degree that is conferred upon completion of a program providing the knowledge and skills for the recognition, credential, or license required for professional practice. The degree is awarded after a period of study such that the total time to the degree, including both pre-professional and professional preparation, equals at least six full-time equivalent academic years. Some of these degrees were formerly classified as “first-professional” and may include: Chiropractic (D.C. or D.C.M.); Dentistry (D.D.S. or D.M.D.); Law (L.L.B. or J.D.); Medicine (M.D.); Optometry (O.D.); Osteopathic Medicine (D.O); Pharmacy (Pharm.D.); Podiatry (D.P.M., Pod.D., D.P.); or, Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.), and others, as designated by the awarding institution.
Doctor’s degree-other: A doctor’s degree that does not meet the definition of a doctor’s degree - research/scholarship or a doctor’s degree - professional practice.
Double major: Program in which students may complete two undergraduate programs of study simultaneously.
Dual enrollment: A program through which high school students may enroll in college courses while still enrolled in high school. Students are not required to apply for admission to the college in order to participate.
Early action plan: An admission plan that allows students to apply and be notified of an admission decision well in advance of the regular notification dates. If admitted, the candidate is not committed to enroll; the student may reply to the offer under the college’s regular reply policy.
Early admission: A policy under which students who have not completed high school are admitted and enroll full time in college, usually after completion of their junior year.
Early decision plan: A plan that permits students to apply and be notified of an admission decision (and financial aid offer if applicable) well in advance of the regular notification date. Applicants agree to accept an offer of admission and, if admitted, to withdraw their applications from other colleges. There are three possible decisions for early decision applicants: admitted, denied, or not admitted but forwarded for consideration with the regular applicant pool, without prejudice.
English as a Second Language (ESL): A course of study designed specifically for students whose native language is not English.
Exchange student program-domestic: Any arrangement between a student and a college that permits study for a semester or more at another college in the United States without extending the amount of time required for a degree. See also Study abroad.
External degree program: A program of study in which students earn credits toward a degree through independent study, college courses, proficiency examinations, and personal experience. External degree programs require minimal or no classroom attendance.
Extracurricular activities (as admission factor): Special consideration in the admissions process given for participation in both school and nonschool-related activities of interest to the college, such as clubs, hobbies, student government, athletics, performing arts, etc.
First-time student: A student attending any institution for the first time at the level enrolled. Includes students enrolled in the fall term who attended a postsecondary institution for the first time at the same level in the prior summer term. Also includes students who entered with advanced standing (college credit earned before graduation from high school).
First-time, first-year (freshman) student: A student attending any institution for the first time at the undergraduate level. Includes students enrolled in the fall term who attended college for the first time in the prior summer term. Also includes students who entered with advanced standing (college credits earned before graduation from high school).
First-year student: A student who has completed less than the equivalent of 1 full year of undergraduate work; that is, less than 30 semester hours (in a 120-hour degree program) or less than 900 contact hours.
Freshman: A first-year undergraduate student.
*Freshman/new student orientation: Orientation addressing the academic, social, emotional, and intellectual issues involved in beginning college. May be a few hours or a few days in length; at some colleges, there is a fee.
Full-time student (undergraduate): A student enrolled for 12 or more semester credits, 12 or more quarter credits, or 24 or more contact hours a week each term.
Geographical residence (as admission factor): Special consideration in the admission process given to students from a particular region, state, or country of residence.
Grade-point average (academic high school GPA): The sum of grade points a student has earned in secondary school divided by the number of courses taken. The most common system of assigning numbers to grades counts four points for an A, three points for a B, two points for a C, one point for a D, and no points for an E or F. Unweighted GPA’s assign the same weight to each course. Weighting gives students additional points for their grades in advanced or honors courses.
Graduate student: A student who holds a bachelor’s or equivalent, and is taking courses at the post-baccalaureate level.
* Health services: Free or low cost on-campus primary and preventive health care available to students.
High school diploma or recognized equivalent: A document certifying the successful completion of a prescribed secondary school program of studies, or the attainment of satisfactory scores on the Tests of General Educational Development (GED), or another state-specified examination.
Hispanic or Latino: A person of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, South or Central American, or other Spanish culture or origin, regardless of race.
Honors program: Any special program for very able students offering the opportunity for educational enrichment, independent study, acceleration, or some combination of these. 
Independent study: Academic work chosen or designed by the student with the approval of the department concerned, under an instructor’s supervision, and usually undertaken outside of the regular classroom structure.
In-state tuition: The tuition charged by institutions to those students who meet the state’s or institution’s residency requirements.
International student: See Nonresident alien.
International student group: Student groups that facilitate cultural dialogue, support a diverse campus, assist international students in acclimation and creating a social network. 
Internship: Any short-term, supervised work experience usually related to a student’s major field, for which the student earns academic credit. The work can be full- or part-time, on- or off-campus, paid or unpaid.
* Learning center: Center offering assistance through tutors, workshops, computer programs, or audiovisual equipment in reading, writing, math, and skills such as taking notes, managing time, taking tests.
* Legal services: Free or low cost legal advice for a range of issues (personal and other).
Liberal arts/career combination: Program in which a student earns undergraduate degrees in two separate fields, one in a liberal arts major and the other in a professional or specialized major, whether on campus or through cross‑registration.
Master's degree: An award that requires the successful completion of a program of study of generally one or two full-time equivalent academic years of work beyond the bachelor's degree. Some of these degrees, such as those in Theology (M.Div., M.H.L./Rav) that were formerly classified as "first-professional", may require more than two full-time equivalent academic years of work.
Minority affiliation (as admission factor): Special consideration in the admission process for members of designated racial/ethnic minority groups.
* Minority student center: Center with programs, activities, and/or services intended to enhance the college experience of students of color.
Model United Nations: A simulation activity focusing on conflict resolution, globalization, and diplomacy. Assuming roles as foreign ambassadors and “delegates,” students conduct research, engage in debate, draft resolutions, and may participate in a national Model UN conference.  
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.
Nonresident alien: A person who is not a citizen or national of the United States and who is in this country on a visa or temporary basis and does not have the right to remain indefinitely.
* On-campus day care: Licensed day care for students’ children (usually age 3 and up); usually for a fee.
Open admission: Admission policy under which virtually all secondary school graduates or students with GED equivalency diplomas are admitted without regard to academic record, test scores, or other qualifications.
Other expenses (costs): Include average costs for clothing, laundry, entertainment, medical (if not a required fee), and furnishings.
Out-of-state tuition: The tuition charged by institutions to those students who do not meet the institution’s or state’s residency requirements.
Part-time student (undergraduate): A student enrolled for fewer than 12 credits per semester or quarter, or fewer than 24 contact hours a week each term.
* Personal counseling: One-on-one or group counseling with trained professionals for students who want to explore personal, educational, or vocational issues.
Post-baccalaureate certificate: An award that requires completion of an organized program of study requiring 18 credit hours beyond the bachelor’s; designed for persons who have completed a baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of master.
Post-master’s certificate: An award that requires completion of an organized program of study of 24 credit hours beyond the master’s degree but does not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level.
Postsecondary award, certificate, or diploma: Includes the following three IPEDS definitions for postsecondary awards, certificates, and diplomas of varying durations and credit/contact hour requirements—
Less Than 1 Academic Year: Requires completion of an organized program of study at the postsecondary level (below the baccalaureate degree) in less than 1 academic year (2 semesters or 3 quarters) or in less than 900 contact hours by a student enrolled full-time.
At Least 1 But Less Than 2 Academic Years: Requires completion of an organized program of study at the postsecondary level (below the baccalaureate degree) in at least 1 but less than 2 full-time equivalent academic years, or designed for completion in at least 30 but less than 60 credit hours, or in at least 900 but less than 1,800 contact hours.
At Least 2 But Less Than 4 Academic Years: Requires completion of an organized program of study at the postsecondary level (below the baccalaureate degree) in at least 2 but less than 4 full-time equivalent academic years, or designed for completion in at least 60 but less than 120 credit hours, or in at least 1,800 but less than 3,600 contact hours.
Private institution: An educational institution controlled by a private individual(s) or by a nongovernmental agency, usually supported primarily by other than public funds, and operated by other than publicly elected or appointed officials.
Private for-profit institution: A private institution in which the individual(s) or agency in control receives compensation, other than wages, rent, or other expenses for the assumption of risk.
Private nonprofit institution: A private institution in which the individual(s) or agency in control receives no compensation, other than wages, rent, or other expenses for the assumption of risk. These include both independent nonprofit schools and those affiliated with a religious organization.
Proprietary institution: See Private for-profit institution.
Public institution: An educational institution whose programs and activities are operated by publicly elected or appointed school officials, and which is supported primarily by public funds.
Quarter calendar system: A calendar system in which the academic year consists of three sessions called quarters of about 12 weeks each. The range may be from 10 to 15 weeks. There may be an additional quarter in the summer.
Race/ethnicity: Category used to describe groups to which individuals belong, identify with, or belong in the eyes of the community. The categories do not denote scientific definitions of anthropological origins. A person may be counted in only one group.
Race/ethnicity unknown: Category used to classify students or employees whose race/ethnicity is not known and whom institutions are unable to place in one of the specified racial/ethnic categories.
Religious affiliation/commitment (as admission factor): Special consideration given in the admission process for affiliation with a certain church or faith/religion, commitment to a religious vocation, or observance of certain religious tenets/lifestyle. 
* Religious counseling: One-on-one or group counseling with trained professionals for students who want to explore religious problems or issues.
* Remedial services: Instructional courses designed for students deficient in the general competencies necessary for a regular postsecondary curriculum and educational setting.
Required fees: Fixed sum charged to students for items not covered by tuition and required of such a large proportion of all students that the student who does NOT pay is the exception. Do not include application fees or optional fees such as lab fees or parking fees. 
Resident alien or other eligible non-citizen: A person who is not a citizen or national of the United States and who has been admitted as a legal immigrant for the purpose of obtaining permanent resident alien status (and who holds either an alien registration card [Form I-551 or I-151], a Temporary Resident Card [Form I-688], or an Arrival-Departure Record [Form I-94] with a notation that conveys legal immigrant status, such as Section 207 Refugee, Section 208 Asylee, Conditional Entrant Parolee or Cuban-Haitian).
Room and board (charges)—on campus: Assume double occupancy in institutional housing and 19 meals per week (or maximum meal plan).
Secondary school record (as admission factor): Information maintained by the secondary school that may include such things as the student’s high school transcript, class rank, GPA, and teacher and counselor recommendations.
Semester calendar system: A calendar system that consists of two semesters during the academic year with about 16 weeks for each semester of instruction. There may be an additional summer session.
Student-designed major: A program of study based on individual interests, designed with the assistance of an adviser.
Study abroad: Any arrangement by which a student completes part of the college program studying in another country. Can be at a campus abroad or through a cooperative agreement with some other U.S. college or an institution of another country.
* Summer session: A summer session is shorter than a regular semester and not considered part of the academic year. It is not the third term of an institution operating on a trimester system or the fourth term of an institution operating on a quarter calendar system. The institution may have 2 or more sessions occurring in the summer months. Some schools, such as vocational and beauty schools, have year-round classes with no separate summer session.
Talent/ability (as admission factor): Special consideration given to students with demonstrated talent/abilities in areas of interest to the institution (e.g., sports, the arts, languages, etc.).
Teacher certification program: Program designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.
Transfer applicant: An individual who has fulfilled the institution’s requirements to be considered for admission (including payment or waiving of the application fee, if any) and who has previously attended another college or university and earned college-level credit. 
Transfer student: A student entering the institution for the first time but known to have previously attended a postsecondary institution at the same level (e.g., undergraduate). The student may transfer with or without credit.
Transportation (costs): Assume two round trips to student’s hometown per year for students in institutional housing or daily travel to and from your institution for commuter students.
Trimester calendar system: An academic year consisting of 3 terms of about 15 weeks each.
Tuition: Amount of money charged to students for instructional services. Tuition may be charged per term, per course, or per credit. 
* Tutoring: May range from one-on-one tutoring in specific subjects to tutoring in an area such as math, reading, or writing. Most tutors are college students; at some colleges, they are specially trained and certified.
Unit: a standard of measurement representing hours of academic instruction (e.g., semester credit, quarter credit, contact hour).
Undergraduate: A student enrolled in a four- or five-year bachelor’s degree program, an associate degree program, or a vocational or technical program below the baccalaureate.
* Veteran’s counseling: Helps veterans and their dependents obtain benefits for their selected program and provides certifications to the Veteran’s Administration. May also provide personal counseling on the transition from the military to a civilian life.
* Visually impaired: Any person whose sight loss is not correctable and is sufficiently severe as to adversely affect educational performance.
Volunteer work (as admission factor): Special consideration given to students for activity done on a volunteer basis (e.g., tutoring, hospital care, working with the elderly or disabled) as a service to the community or the public in general.
Wait list: List of students who meet the admission requirements but will only be offered a place in the class if space becomes available. 
Weekend college: A program that allows students to take a complete course of study and attend classes only on weekends. 
White: A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa.
* Women’s center: Center with programs, academic activities, and/or services intended to promote an understanding of the evolving roles of women.
Work experience (as admission factor): Special consideration given to students who have been employed prior to application, whether for relevance to major, demonstration of employment-related skills, or as explanation of student’s academic and extracurricular record.

Financial Aid Definitions

Awarded aid: The dollar amounts offered to financial aid applicants.
External scholarships and grants: Scholarships and grants received from outside (private) sources that students bring with them (e.g., Kiwanis, National Merit scholarships). The institution may process paperwork to receive the dollars, but it has no role in determining the recipient or the dollar amount awarded.
Financial aid applicant: Any applicant who submits any one of the institutionally required financial aid applications/forms, such as the FAFSA. 
Indebtedness: Aggregate dollar amount borrowed through any loan program (federal, state, subsidized, unsubsidized, private, etc.; excluding parent loans) while the student was enrolled at an institution. Student loans co-signed by a parent are assumed to be the responsibility of the student and should be included.
Institutional scholarships and grants: Endowed scholarships, annual gifts and tuition funded grants for which the institution determines the recipient.
Financial need: As determined by your institution using the federal methodology and/or your institution's own standards. 
Need-based aid: College-funded or college-administered award from institutional, state, federal, or other sources for which a student must have financial need to qualify. This includes both institutional and noninstitutional student aid (grants, jobs, and loans).
Need-based scholarship or grant aid: Scholarships and grants from institutional, state, federal, or other sources for which a student must have financial need to qualify.
Need-based self-help aid: Loans and jobs  from institutional, state, federal, or other sources for which a student must demonstrate financial need to qualify.
Non-need-based scholarship or grant aid: Scholarships and grants, gifts, or merit-based aid from institutional, state, federal, or other sources (including unrestricted funds or gifts and endowment income) awarded solely on the basis of academic achievement, merit, or any other non-need-based reason. When reporting questions H1 and H2, non-need-based aid that is used to meet need should be counted as need-based aid. 
Note: Suggested order of precedence for counting non-need money as need-based:
Non-need institutional grants
Non-need tuition waivers
Non-need athletic awards
Non-need federal grants
Non-need state grants
Non-need outside grants
Non-need student loans
Non-need parent loans
Non-need work
Non-need-based self-help aid: Loans and jobs from institutional, state, or other sources for which a student need not demonstrate financial need to qualify.
Private student loans: A nonfederal loan made by a lender such as a bank, credit union or private lender used to pay for up to the annual cost of education, less any financial aid received.
Work study and employment: Federal and state work study aid, and any employment packaged by your institution in financial aid awards.