Eligibility

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The program helps motivated, high-achieving students prepare for and excel in graduate school.  Check below to see if you meet the eligibility requirements to apply to become an SIU Carbondale McNair Scholar. 

Am I eligible for McNair?

If you answer “Yes” to all of the questions in either Part A or Part B, you are eligible!

Part A

  1. Neither of my parents/guardians completed a four-year degree.
  2. I (my family) has demonstrated financial need as determined by the income levels established by the U.S. Department of Education. (See Federal income guidelines at https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/trio/incomelevels.html)
  3. I am a citizen of the United States or meet the residency requirements for Federal Student Financial Aid.
  4. I am enrolled at least full-time at SIU Carbondale as an upcoming sophomore or junior.
  5. My GPA is 2.6 or higher.
  6. I am seriously considering going to graduate school.

 OR

Part B

  1. I am African American, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American, or Native Pacific Islander.
  2. I am a citizen of the United States or meet the residency requirements for Federal Student Financial Aid.
  3. I am enrolled at least full-time at SIU Carbondale as an upcoming sophomore or junior.
  4. My GPA is 2.6 or higher.
  5. I am seriously considering going to graduate school.

 If you answer “Yes” to all of the questions in either Part A or Part B, you are eligible!

Table that describes the Federal Trio Programs Low-Income levels based on family size and household income

Federal Trio Programs Current-Year Low-Income Levels
Size of Family Unit 48 Contiguous States, D.C.
1 $21,870
2 $29,580
3 $37,290
4 $45,000
5 $52,000
6 $60,420
7 $68,130
8 $75,840