A Department of Education report recognized Mills among public and private universities for excelling at serving low income students.
As shown by The Washington Post, the report, released on March 31 by the Obama administration, listed the Pell grant as its basis for deciding this.
According to the report, 47 percent of people enrolled at Mills are Pell grant recipients and 62 percent of Pell grant recipients graduate in six years. The report also listed the average annual price low-income students pay as $19,907, compared to the full direct annual price at $59,148.
President Decoudreaux attended a summit on March 24 in Washington D.C. to discuss strategies to improve access to college for low income students . According to a Mills press release, Mills programs that improve access include a test-optional admission policy, participation in local college readiness partnerships like the Oakland Promise College Pathway Partnership and College Track, and high school-to-college transition programs for first-generation students.
In addition to Mills, the report featured other private women’s colleges such as Agnes Scott College in Georgia, and California colleges like California Baptist University and University of La Verne.