STARS Information:

  • Credit Rationale: This credit recognizes institutions that are implementing strategies to improve their accessibility and affordability.
  • Environmental Benefits: Achieving a college degree is a valuable tool in addressing inequity, but in order for higher education to help society move toward greater equity, schools must be accessible to low-income populations. 
  • Scoring: Institution earns 3 points for this credit by having programs or policies that meet the criteria outlined above.  

Going Green

CSU Channel Islands Summary:

Affordability and Access Programs

CSU Channel Islands currently does meet the criteria for this credit by having policies and programs in place to make the university accessible and affordable to low-income students.

Federal TRIO Programs

CI’s first federal TRIO program, Educational Talent Search Program (ETS), has increased retention and graduation rates of 600 first-generation, low-income middle and secondary school students in the local community, prompting more of these students to enroll in post secondary education. CI’s Student Support Services (SSS) program provides its program participants with a wide array of resources and services like time and stress management, study skills, goal setting, and access to academic and career counseling, to name a few.

Student Support Services

The goal of CI’s Student Support Services (SSS) program is to increase retention and graduation rates of low-income, first-generation college students by providing academic, financial and guidance assistance.  It serves to ease the transition from high school to a successful post-secondary school experience. CI meets the stringent program requirements which mandate that 56% of its students meet the eligibility criteria for TRIO programs.

College for a Day

College for a  Day: Imagine, Believe, Achieve provides staff and faculty the opportunity to serve 3-8 grade migrant students and their families through a five-hour program held once an academic year.  Training is provided for staff participants, and faculty meet to discuss and create the curriculum for the parent component.  While this is not a program directed at preparing staff and faculty to work with low-income students, through participation staff and faculty are exposed to and provide services to K-8 grade students from low-income backgrounds.

University Outreach

University Outreach has made a commitment to motivating and informing K-8 grade students about the steps to get in to college since 2004.  We are committed to serving our local service area and can provide data by area and numbers served over the last two and a half years.  That being said, we believe all of the programs that we currently provide prepare K-8 students from low-income backgrounds for higher education – be it through a simple campus visit, or a 5-hour intentional program facilitated by CI student volunteers. Please see the list below:

1. Pathway to College Campus Visit Program – field trip to CI

2. Self-Guided Campus Tour – field trip to CI

3. CI Rep Visit Program – classroom visit

4. COMM-Unity 101 School Site Visit Program – classroom visit

5. College for a Day: Imagine, Believe, Achieve - event

6. Super Sunday – event

A comprehensive outline of each of these programs is provided on the University Outreach website at

Scholarships for Low-Income Students

The CSU/Edison Scholars Program has been established by a partner between five California State University campuses and Edison International. The purpose of this scholarship is to increase the number of low income and first generation transfer students earning degrees in technical fields. These funds will provide scholarships to community college students who transfer to one of five CSU institutions. 

For more information about the CSU/Edison Scholars Program, visit

Parent Guidance

While CSU Channel Islands does not provide an educational program for parents of low-income college students, there is a program for parents of K-12 grade students to inform them of how to support their student through their current education while instilling a message about the importance of postsecondary education.  This program is called Parent Institute for Quality Education, PIQE, and each calendar year CI serves 5 local schools.  PIQE is a nonprofit organization contracted through the Chancellor’s Office. 

Further information is available at

Admissions Policies and Programs

Requirements for admission to CSU Channel Islands (CI) are in accordance with Title 5, Chapter 1, Subchapter 3, of the California Code of Regulations.

For more information about the California Code of Regulations, please visit  

Information on CI Administrative Policies is available at

Financial Aid Programs

Financial Aid programs available at CI include: Federal Pell Grant, ACG, SMART, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, TEACH Grant, Federal Stafford Loan, Federal PLUS Loan, State University Grant, Cal Gran and Institutional Scholarships.  Information regarding Financial Aid programs can be found at

Information Received From:

Damien Pena: Associate Vice President for Student Affairs / Dean of Students

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