To be eligible for REACH/TRIO Student Support Services, students must meet guidelines determined by the federal government. Students may be eligible for the program if they meet at least one of the following criteria: are a first generation college student, fall within income-eligibility, or have a documented disability.

Find out if you are eligible by completing our Online REACH/TRIO Application or download a Printable Application

Am I a first generation college student?
First generation college student: a student neither of whose parents has attained a bachelor’s degree OR a student who lives with one parent and that parent has not attained a bachelor’s degree. 

Am I income eligible?
The federal government looks at “taxable income” to determine eligibility for REACH/TRIO Students Support Services. This is not the same as total income or adjusted gross income.


Federal TRIO Programs Current-Year Low-Income Levels

(Effective Jan. 11, 2019 until further notice)

Size of Family Unit 48 Contiguous States, D.C., and outlying Jurisdictions Alaska Hawaii
1 $18,735 $23,400 $21,570
2 $25,365 $31,695 $29,190
3 $31,995 $36,810 $36,810
4 $38,625 $48,285 $44,430
5 $45,255 $56,580 $52,050
6 $51,885 $64,875 $59,670
7 $58,515 $73,170 $67,290
8 $65,145 $81,465 $74,910

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.

The term "low-income individual" means an individual whose family's taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount.

Do I have a documented disability?
This is determined by the Cazenovia College Office of Special Services. If you wish to discuss your disability status and potential accommodations, please contact Cynthia Pratt at 315-655-7308 or email