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.
What does "first-generation" mean?
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 "low-income" mean?
NOVA participants are considered "low-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||48 Contiguous States, D.C., & Outlying Jurisdictions||Alaska||Hawaii|
For family units with more than eight members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $6,480 for the 48 contiguous states, the District of Columbia and outlying jurisdictions; $8,100 for Alaska; and $7,455 for Hawaii.
I'm first-generation, but not low-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. Howev4er, 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.