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Eligibility

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

First generation status

One of the following statements must be true for a student to be defined as a first-generation college student:

  • Neither of the student's parents have attained a bachelor's degree.
  • The student lives with one parent, and that parent has not attained a bachelor's degree.

Economic eligibility

To determine economic eligibility, the family's income and financial need must be verified through the Financial Aid Office on campus. If a student and/or the student's family does not want to complete the FAFSA, they may instead provide 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 low income levels
(Effective Jan. 11, 2019 until further notice)

Size of Family Unit 48 Contiguous States, D.C., and Outlying Jurisdictions Alaska Hawaii
1 $18,735 $23,400 $21,570
2 $25,365 $31,695 $29,190
3 $31,995 $39,990 $36,810
4 $38,625 $48,285 $44,430
5 $45,255 $56,580 $52,050
6 $51,885 $64,875 $59,670
7 $58,515 $73,170 $67,290
8 $65,145 $81,465 $74,910

For family units with more than eight members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $6,630 for the 48 contiguous states, the District of Columbia and outlying jurisdictions; $8,295 for Alaska; and $7,620 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. 11, 2019.