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TRiO SSS Eligibility Criteria

All students applying to TRiO Student Support Services must be U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents and meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • First-generation college (neither parent has completed a baccalaureate degree)
  • Low income according to U.S. Dept. of Education guidelines
  • Documented disability

First-generation status is confirmed with the FSC Admissions Office, low-income status is confirmed with the FSC Financial Aid Office, and students with documented disabilities are referred to the FSC Office of Disability Services for confirmation of disability status in order to receive educational accommodations.

How is “low-income” defined for TRiO?

We are a Department of Education TRIO Student Support Services program, so we must follow the guidelines set forth below:
From U.S. Department of Education
(Effective January 31, 2017 Until Further Notice)

Size of Family Unit 48 Contiguous States,
 D.C., and Outlying Jurisdictions
Alaska Hawaii
1 $18,090 $22,590 $20,790
2 $24,360 $30,435 $28,005
3 $30,630 $38,280 $35,220
4 $36,900 $46,125 $42,435
5 $43,170 $53,970 $49,650
6 $49,440 $61,815 $56,865
7 $55,710 $69,660 $64,080
8 $61,980 $77,505 $71,295

For family units with more than eight members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $6,270 for the 48 contiguous states, the District of Columbia and outlying jurisdictions; $7,845 for Alaska; and $7,215 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, Vol. 78, No. 16, January 28, 2014, pp. 5182-5183.

What is a first-generation college student?

To be considered a first-generation college student, neither parent will have completed a bachelor’s degree. If the parent has a bachelor's degree from another country, then the student is not considered first-generation. However, you are still a first-generation student if your siblings have completed a degree, or if your parents completed an associate's, or programs of study below a bachelor’s degree.

What about students with disabilities?

Students with disabilities do not have to meet the low-income or first-generation criteria, but they do need to have documentation of their disabling conditions. This documentation must be submitted to the Farmingdale State College Office of Disability Services at your earliest convenience. Students with disabilities then follow the same application procedure outlined on our FAQ page, with reasonable accommodations made through consultation with ODS.

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