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Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria

Before applying to NOVA, you must be admitted to EKU. NOVA participants must be either first generation and/or low-income in order to be eligible for admittance into our program. 

All accepted NOVA applicants must also demonstrate an academic need area as determined by NOVA staff.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I "First-Generation?"

The U.S. Department of Education defines a First-Generation college student as someone whose parents (natural or adoptive) did not earn a baccalaureate degree before the student's 18th birthday.

What does "Limited-Income" mean?

NOVA participants are considered to have Limited Income if they are able to demonstrate a financial need as determined by the current U.S. Department of Education chart below.

Size of Family Unit Poverty Guideline Alaska Hawaii
1 $20,385 $25,485 $23,445
2 $27,465 $34,335 $31,590
3 $34,545 $43,185 $39,735
4 $41,625 $52,035 $47,880
5 $48,705 $60,885 $56,025
6 $55,785 $69,735 $64,170
7 $62,865 $78,585 $72,315
8 $69,945 $87,435 $80,460

For family units with more than 8 members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $7,080 for the 48 contigious states, the District of Columbia and outlying jurisdictions; $8,850 for Alaska; and $8,145 for Hawaii.

I'm First-generation, but do not have Limited Income (or vice versa). Am I still eligible?

MAYBE. You only need to be first-generation OR low-income to be eligible for NOVA, you do not have to be both. However, two-thirds of our student population is required to be both first-generation AND low-income, so it really just depends on our current student population.


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