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Eligibility Requirements

Students must:

  • be a first-time college student OR transfer student currently enrolled in EOP, HEOP, SEEK or College Discovery
  • be a New York State Resident or Permanent Resident for 12 months prior to enrollment
  • Reside in New York State
  • Possess a high school diploma or the equivalent (e.g., GED)
  • Meet the economic guidelines determined by the State of New York (see table on this page)
  • Those unable to apply to and/or be admitted to New York colleges via traditional admissions processes

U.S. citizenship is not required; students may be eligible under the New York Dream Act. Students must meet academic guidelines as reviewed by the individual college/school, AND the income and New York State residency requirements.