Frequently Asked Questions
What is SEEK?
SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge) is a higher educational opportunity program that provides academic and financial support to students who qualify based on specific income and academic criteria. City’s SEEK program has the distinction of being the first such program in the City University of New York (CUNY), having been established in 1965 as the Pre-Baccalaureate Program. SEEK faculty and staff are committed to helping students successfully meet the challenges of college and to supporting both their academic and personal development.
Who qualifies for SEEK?
To qualify for admission to City College through SEEK, students must meet both specific academic and income requirements. A student is eligible for admission to SEEK only as either a first-time freshman or a transfer student from another New York State opportunity program (i.e. College Discover, EOP, or HEOP). The academic requirements vary depending on the division (i.e. Liberal Arts, Science, Education) or professional school (Architecture, Engineering). Income limits are set by the state and are tied to family size. Please contact the City College Office of Admissions for more detailed information.
What are the benefits of being in SEEK?
An array of services and program initiatives are provided to SEEK students to support their academic efforts and increase the likelihood of their success. Chief among these services are tutoring and supplemental academic support, counseling, and additional financial aid.
What are the financial aid benefits I would receive as a SEEK Student?
Most SEEK students are eligible for the range of state and federally funded financial aid programs that are available to all students attending the City College but SEEK students are also eligible for additional aid from the State of New York. This aid includes: A maximum of ten (10) semesters of TAP in contrast to a maximum of 8 TAP semesters for non-SEEK students. A grant each semester to pay the City College activity fee. A stipend each semester for books.