To participate in the McNair Scholars Program, the U.S. Department of Education requires that students meet the following criteria:

  • are a first-generation-college-student (neither parent has a bachelor's degree) with financial need, OR are a member of a group historically underrepresented in graduate education (see TRIO Income Guidelines and Underrepresented Groups definition below).
  • are a Sophomore or Junior with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • a full-time undergraduate student
  • a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident.

TRIO Income Guideline Table:

Current-Year Low-Income Levels (Established by the U.S. Department of Education)

(Effective January 24, 2013 until further notice)

Size of Family Unit

48 Contiguous States,
D.C., and Outlying Jurisdictions



































For family units with more than eight members, add the following amount for each additional family member: $6,030 for the 48 contiguous states, the District of Columbia and outlying jurisdictions; $7,545 for Alaska; and $6,930 for Hawaii.

The term low-income individual" means an individual whose family's taxable income for the preceding year did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount.

The figures shown under family income represent amounts equal to 150 percent of the family income levels established by the Census Bureau for determining poverty status. The poverty guidelines were published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the Federal Register, Vol. 78, No. 16, January 24, 2013, pp. 5182-5183.


Groups Underrepresented in Graduate Education

(as defined by the U.S. Department of Education)
The following ethnic and racial groups are considered underrepresented in graduate education: Black (non-Hispanic), Hispanic, American Indian, Alaskan Native (as defined in section 7306 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA)), Native Hawaiians (as defined in section 7207 of the ESEA), and Native American Pacific Islanders (as defined in section 320 of the HEA).

If you meet the eligibility requirements listed above, please complete the McNair Scholars Program Application and send it to :

McNair Scholars Program
Suffolk University
73 Tremont Street 7th Floor, Suite 7025
CAAO Boston, MA 02186