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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 48 Contiguous States, D.C., & Outlying Jurisdictions Alaska Hawaii
1 $18,210 $22,770 $20,940
2 $24,690 $30,870 $28,395
3 $31,170 $38,970 $35,850
4 $37,650 $47,070 $43,305
5 $44,130 $55,170 $50,760
6 $50,610 $63,270 $58,215
7 $57,090 $71,370 $65,670
8 $63,570 $79,470 $73,125

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.



 

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