This page focuses on our efforts to assist underrepresented and low-income students as much as possible in their journey to and at Truman State University. With a financial assistance programs, education materials and support groups, we hope to make Truman an inviting and practical University.
Affordability and Access
Truman State University supports students with a robust scholarship program, need-based access grants, a full suite of state and federal financial aid programs, and a new loan program aimed at assisting low-income, first generation students called The Henry Long Foundation Loan. In addition to providing financial assistance in several outlets, we also help guide potential low-income students and their families through the college application and selection process with initiatives such as:
- Scholastic Enhancement Program: The SEE Program takes place for two weeks during the summer and gives selected and under-represented first-year students an opportunity to live on and explore what Truman’s campus has to offer before the fall semester begins. In addition to getting acquainted with the campus, SEE Scholars receive insightful advice and assistance from dedicated counselors, staff, and faculty.
- Guide Mailing: We purchase the names of first generation parents and send a mailing with parent advice from the office of admissions. We also send extensive guides to first generation parents of admitted students and offer an on-campus orientation experience tailored especially to them.
We also focus heavily on recruitment aimed towards students of low-income backgrounds. Here are a few of our measures:
- We work to build relationships with organizations that focus on low-income, first generation students such as The Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City, The Greater Hispanic Scholarship Foundation in Kansas City, The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis, and The College Summit in St. Louis.
- We advertise in minority publications such as College Access & Opportunity Guide and Dos Mundos.
- We purchase the names of underrepresented students in the Midwest who meet our admission criteria and establish a line of communication.
- We send representatives to college fairs that support underrepresented students.
Support for Underrepresented Groups
Truman State recognizes the need to support underrepresented groups through the various difficulties they may face during their time at the university. One way we support these groups is by offering housing options to accommodate the needs of transgender and transitioning students.
Additionally, we have two University Staff members trained in Title IX investigation and respond to reported incidents. Truman Police will respond to any such incidents if the possibility of a crime has been committed, particularly with hate crimes. Support for any students reporting such incidents is also available through University Counseling Services on a 24/7 basis. Referrals for students experiencing such incidents may be made to the Students of Concern, a multi-disciplinary group supporting student success. The MAC also provides support programs for underrepresented groups in the following ways:
- Scholastic Enhancement Experience Program — This program provides a two-week program prior to the start of school in fall for first year students. The program is designed to assist in the acclimation to Truman for underrepresented students.
- MAC/Success Center Tutoring Program — Tutoring offered in the MAC and at other locations around campus that are free of charge.
- Peer Mentoring Program — This program provides the opportunity for incoming students to be paired with an upper-division student mentor.
- Academic Success Group – A group of students who are in danger of losing their scholarships meet one on one with a MAC staff member.