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Program Eligibility

If you are a talented and motivated individual from a low-income backgroud whose academic record does not reflect your full potential, the SEEK Program may be for you.

Economic Eligibility

Eligibility for admission through the SEEK Program requires that applicants meet the following economic and academic criteria:

Economic Eligibility Criteria 2015-2016

Number of members in Household
(including head of household)
Total Annual Income* 2014 (Base Year)
8 $75,647
For 9 plus persons Add $7,696 for each additional person


Reference to the household income scale not be made if the student falls into one of the following categories and documentation is available:

  • The student's family is the recipient of (1) Family Assistance Program Aid; or (2) Safety Net Assistance through the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, or a county department of social services; or (3) family day-care payments through the New York State Office of Children and Family Services or a county department of social services; or
  • The student is living with foster parents who do not provide support for college, and no monies are provided from the natural parents; or
  • The student is a ward of the state or a county.

*Total Annual Income for 2014 Tax Year

Income means all taxable and nontaxable funds that are received by the household for general use.

Such funds may be derived from sources such as wages, dividends, interest, Social Security, disability pensions, veterans benefits, and unemployment benefits.

For purposes of determining Special Programs eligibility, total annual income is the total received, e.g., the line for "Total Income" on Federal tax returns (IRS forms 1040EZ, 1040A, and 1040) plus any other untaxed sources of income the family may have.

The following shall not constitute income:

1. Monies received specifically for educational purposes from sources such as veteran's cost of education benefits and education grants from the Office of Vocational Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities (VESID);

2. Social service or public assistance payments received through the Family Assistance Program, or Safety Net Assistance Program and Family Day-Care Payments.

The family income figures apply to the applicant's income only when he/she meets the federal definition of independent. The income of any independent student (and spouse) during the base year must meet the family income scale.

Academic Eligibility

Applicants must have high school diplomas or GEDs and meet the College's SEEK admissions criteria in place at the time of application. SEEK Admission criteria are different from the admissions criteria for non-SEEK students.

In addition to meeting financial and academic requirements, a student shall be considered eligible for admission to the SEEK Program if he or she meets the following criteria:

  1. be a high school graduate or have a New York State approved General Equivalency Diploma or its equivalent; and
  2. have not previously attended a college or university, except in the case of students enrolled in the State University of New York’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), or the independent colleges’ Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP); and
  3. have an admissions index score that is below the cut-off point for regular admissions to a particular senior college.
  4. New York State Resident. The student must have resided in New York State for at least one year.
  5. have family income and other available financial resources fall within guidelines established by New York State; and
  6. complete Lehman College Pre-Freshman Summer Program. All entering SEEK students are required to attend and successfully complete the Lehman College Summer Program, which usually starts at the end of June and finishes in August in the year prior to enrollment.

Once enrolled, SEEK students become full-fledged members of the Lehman College community. They have exactly the same curricular and graduation requirements as other Lehman students. For more information about eligibility requirements, call the SEEK office at 718-960-7979, or send us an e-mail at