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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.

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 Poverty Guideline
1 $18,735
2 $25,365
3 $31,995
4 $38,625
5 $45,255
6 $51,885
7 $58,515
8 $65,145
9 $71,775
10 $78,405


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. 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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