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Student Support Services Eligibility

To be eligible for Student Support Services, students must either meet income guidelines, be considered first generation or have a documented disability.

Determining First Generation Status

A first-generation college student is defined as a student...

  • Neither of whose parents have attained a bachelor's degree


  • Who lives with one parent, and that parent has not attained a bachelor's degree

Determining Economic Eligibility

To determine economic eligibility, we need to verify the family's income and financial need through the Financial Aid Office on campus. If a student and/or the student's family does not want to complete the FAFSA we will ask for a copy of the family's 1040 tax form showing taxable income, a budget statement from the Department of Social Services or Social Security, or a letter from another appropriate agency. All financial information is kept strictly confidential and is used only to determine program eligibility.

Federal TRiO Programs Current-Year Low-Income Levels

(Effective Jan. 18, 2018 until further notice)

Size of Family Unit
48 Contiguous States, D.C., and Outlying Jurisdictions
1 $18,210 $22,770 $20,940
2 $24,690 $30,875 $28,395
3 $31,170 $38,970 $35,850
4 $37,650 $47,070 $43,305
5 $44,130 $55,170 $50,760
6 $50,610 $63,270 $58,215
7 $57,090 $71,370 $65,670
8 $63,570 $79,470 $73,125

For family units with more than eight members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $6,480 for the 48 contiguous states, the District of Columbia and outlying jurisdictions; $8,100 for Alaska; and $7,455 for Hawaii.

The term "low-income individual" means an individual whose family's taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount.

The figures shown under family income represent amounts equal to 150 percent of the family income levels established by the Census Bureau for determining poverty status. The poverty guidelines were published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Federal Register on Jan. 18, 2018.


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Last Updated: 5/2/18