SEEK Program

S.E.E.K - Search for Education Elevation and Knowledge

  • The "Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge" (SEEK), is a program funded by New York state. It is a program designed to meet the needs of students who are considered to be economically disadvantaged and academically underprepared.

  • Prospective students must indicate that they wish to be considered for the SEEK program on their CUNY admission application. In general, only entering freshman are considered for this program.

  • There are two exceptions to this requirement. One exception is if a student is currently enrolled in the SEEK program and wants to transfer to another CUNY college. The second exception applies to students who are currently enrolled in either the HEOP (Higher Education Opportunity Program) or EOP (Education Opportunity Program), these students may also transfer into the City University's SEEK program.

  • Students admitted to City College as SEEK students will receive extensive support services, including tutoring and counseling when needed.
*Contingent on the availability of funds.

SEEK Eligibility

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 inadmissible according to the admissions criteria established for the CUNY four-year college you want to attend;
  • be a first-time freshman or previously enrolled in College Discovery (CD) Program. an Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). or Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP); and
  • have a gross family income that meets the New York State guidelines.

Number of members in Household
(including head of household)

Total Annual Income*
1 $26,973
2 $36,482
3 $45,991
4 $55,500
5 $65,009
6 $74,518
7 $84,027
8 $93,536

* For family units with more than eight members, add $9,509 for each additional persons 

*See household information section of this form

* If you are neither a U.S. citizen nor eligible non-citizen, you may apply for NYS administered grants and scholarships by completing the NYS DREAM Act application at New York State HESC Dream

Financial Aid Perspective about SEEK - Creating Appointments with Financial Aid

From a financial aid perspective:

  1. SEEK students are eligible to receive a maximum of ten (10) semesters of TAP (two extra semesters)

  2. SEEK students may receive a grant to pay their CUNY fees. *

  3. SEEK students may receive educational Stipends. *

  4. Note: Students cannot be in CCNY ACE and SEEK. Transfer students confirmed to participate in SEEK are not eligible to apply to ACE.

SEEK students must meet specific economic criteria to qualify for admission to the program.  Please review house income chart based on your federal tax return(s). The Financial Aid office is responsible for reviewing a student's family income documents to determine eligibilityMake an appointment with your full Federal 2022 tax return documents.

Make an Appointment


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Introduction to HESC NY State aid application process for both FAFSA & New York State Dreamers


2022 Federal Taxes Needed / How To Get IRS Transcripts

You can possibly get a copy of your full 2022 tax return in minutes from the IRS web site.

Please get a copy of 1 and 2 if you filed a return. (If Student or parents made correction to Tax return please submit 1,2 and 3.  If you or parents did not work in 2022 please submit number 4 in the list below.

You can request Tax  transcripts

  1. 2022 Tax Return Transcript or a Signed copy of your submitted 1040 Federal Tax Return
  2. 2022 Wages and Income Transcript or a copy of all w-2's and 1099's income received
  3. 2022 Tax Account Transcript or A copy of your 2022  Federal 1040X amended Tax return
  4. 2022 Verification of Non-filing letter (Letter from IRS that person did not file return)

IRS Website - Get 2022 tax Transcripts

Last Updated: 12/15/2023 15:45