College Scholars Program: Eligibility

A student can be nominated if they:

  • Attend an eligible high school, and have primary residence in the same school district where they attend high school
  • Are ranked in the top 10% of their class
  • Are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or have asylee status
  • Satisfy our household income policy.

For a household with up to four members, total income cannot exceed $70,000. For each additional dependent, we add $10,000 to the threshold. For example, if there are up to five members of the household, total income cannot exceed $80,000. For six members, total income cannot exceed $90,000.

You can find your household’s “total income” on Line 7b on the Federal Form 1040 for 2019. SEEDS does not look at the New Jersey state income tax return.

You must submit the first two pages of your household’s 2018 AND 2019 Federal US 1040 tax returns. Please be advised, if you are married and filing separately, you must send us both 1040 forms. We also need your Schedule C or E if this pertains to your situation.

If no one in the applicant’s household files taxes, please email us at admissions@njseeds.org and request an Income Verification Form. You will have to submit other forms to prove income that may include the following: W2s, SSI, paystubs, a letter from your employer, and other documents that prove income. In order to be eligible, families must be able to prove where their income comes from.