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The United States Department of Education sets the eligibility criteria for enrollment into TRIO programs. For Educational Talent Search programs, two-thirds of participants must me two criteria:

First Generation Status: To be eligible as a first generation participant means that neither parent of the student seeking enrollment have earned a baccalaureate (or advanced) college degree.

Low-Income Status: To be eligible as a low-income participant means that the student seeking enrollment provides documentation verifying that the family's taxable income does not exceed that of the low-income guideline.

Two thirds of the students enrolled in Talent Search must meet both criteria.

Application Process
Steps for Applying to the VHCC Educational Talent Search Program

1) Recruitment sessions are facilitated at each school site. Ideally, students enroll when they are in the 6th grade and participate in the program through their 12th grade year.

2) During recruitment sessions, interested students complete the "Student Application" and return it to the ETS Advisor or the guidance counselor at their school. The Student is given the " Parent Eligibility Form". The parent or guardian of the student completes this form and mails it to the VHCC Educational Talent Search office.

3) Once the parent returns the completed "Parent Eligibility Form", the application is reviewed by the Director. If the student meets both criteria, they are enrolled in the Program. If they do not meet both criteria, they are put on a waiting list for a period of one year. If an opening comes available their application is reconsidered for enrollment.

Once a student is enrolled in the program, they are eligible to participate in all Educational Talent Search activities.

Inactive Status: At the end of each program year, each student's participation is screened. Those who are enrolled in the program but show little or no interest in activities, are sent a letter indicating that they are being put on the "inactive list". This gives students who were previously placed on the waiting list an opportunity to be enrolled in the program.

Students can be referred for the program at any time. Most referrals come from guidance counselors, parents, or individuals in community agencies.

Last updated: 12/14/2008 2:10:01 PM