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Eligibility and Admissions

Eligibility for SEEK at CSI

To be eligible for SEEK, you must:

  • Be a legal resident of New York State for at least one year prior to entering college
  • Be a high school graduate or recipient of a state-approved equivalency diploma
  • Be a first-time freshman or previously enrolled in an Higher Education Opportunities Program (HEOP) or Equality Opportunity Program (EOP)
  • Be accepted, at the time of admission, for CSI’s Associate degree programs, but not for the general baccalaureate; however, students who demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing and math may be eligible for the baccalaureate level through SEEK
  • All applicants to the Percy Ellis Sutton SEEK program must meet the economic criteria listed below established by New York State guidelines.

Admissions Conditions:
Admission to SEEK is conditional until you have done the following:

Freshmen Students:

Accepted to the College of Staten Island

Transfer Students:

Accepted to the College of Staten Island

General Information
SEEK students are eligible for extended semesters of financial aid, and most SEEK students receive both Pell and Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) grants. While a non-SEEK student receives 8 semesters of TAP, SEEK students receive 10.
In addition, students are given an educational stipend each semester and some fees are covered.

New York State Income Eligibility Guidelines for the 2023-2024 Academic Year
The following is a guideline for determining economic eligibility for first time freshmen entering college in the fall 2023.


Household Size
(including head of household)

Total Annual Income

1 $25,142
2 $33,874
3 $42,606
4 $51,338
5 $60,070
6 $68,802
7 $77,534
8 $86,266*

*For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $8,732 for each additional person