Is this a scholarship?

No, the McNair Scholars Program is a federally-funded Research Program designed to increase number of students from first generation/low income and underrepresented backgrounds attending graduate school. At Buffalo State College our program is designed as a two year experience where students develop research skills which aid them in their future graduate career.

Can one of my parents have a four year degree?

If you are applying as a first generation/ low income student then neither parent can have a four year (Bachelor's) degree.  The only exceptions to this rule are as follows: If, before the age of 18 you did not live with or receive financial support from the parent with the four year degree OR if, before the age of 18 you did not reside or receive support from parent(s), natural or adoptive (i.e. you were emancipated).

How do I know if I meet low income standards?

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. These income levels for Federal Trio Programs can be found at 

What documentation do I need to provide for low income status?

The student can provide a copy of their FAFSA that is on file with the college and/or a copy of their parents/guardians's signed federal tax return. If you are legally independent, you can provide a copy of your personal tax returns.