Degrees With Less Debt

Degrees With Less Debt

Southeast is among five Missouri universities highlighted in the “Degrees with Less Debt: Postsecondary Strategies that Enhance Low-Income and Black Student Success” report released by
St. Louis Graduates.

The report identifies strategies employed at colleges and universities attended by St. Louis area students to support low-income and Black students to graduation with less debt.

One student focus group from each institution, representing low-income and Black students, was selected and interviewed. From the themes that emerged from the interviews, high-level institutional strategies were identified that are reducing inequities based on race and class and helping students graduate with less debt.

The report highlighted Southeast’s multifaceted approach to serving more students with institutional scholarships, noting that 70% of Southeast’s student population is now awarded a scholarship compared to 30% previously.


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