Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge
To apply for admission to the SEEK Program, an application must complete the "Special Programs" section of the CUNY application. In accordance with State Education Law, an individual is eligible for admission to the SEEK Program if he or she meets the following criteria:
- Is economically disadvantaged;
- Is educationally disadvantaged;
- Is a graduate of a approved high school or has attained a New York high school equivalency diploma or its equivalent as determined by the Commissioner of Education of the State of New York;
- Has not previously attended a college or university, except in the case of students enrolled in the HEOP or EOP programs, or veterans who may have earned up to 18 credits of college-level work prior to entrance into the service (except for USAFI and service-connected University or Maryland credits.);
- Has resided in New York State for one year prior to the semester for which he or she is applying and has met the test for "bona fide domicile".
State law also requires that, in order to receive financial aid stipends from the SEEK program, students must file the FAFSA to apply for the Federal Pell Grant and the CUNY FASIR form to apply for the for Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). Both applications are available at individual CUNY College Financial Aid Offices. (See Financial Aid section in this catalogue for further information).
After acceptance into a CUNY college, SEEK applicants must submit a copy of their Federal Income Tax Return, Form 1040, and other supporting documentation to verify income eligibility, citizenship and residence.
If you are accepted into SEEK you will be required to show proof of having filed for Pell and TAP prior to being awarded any Special Programs financial assistance. The following items are required proof: (1) Electronic notification to CUNY; (2) "Student Notification" sent to you by the Pell Grant processor; (3) TAP Award Certificate;