About SEEK

The Percy Ellis Sutton Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge (SEEK) is a New York State-funded program founded in 1965 and designed to meet the needs of students who are considered economically disadvantaged and academically unprepared.

The SEEK program is offered at senior (four-year) CUNY colleges to New York State residents who do not meet traditional admissions criteria but demonstrate potential for academic success. SEEK gives students up to five years of academic support and supplementary financial assistance to ensure they are supported throughout their matriculation. Students can pursue ANY major at the baccalaureate or associate level to be in the SEEK program.

SEEK Benefits

  • Academic Support: Our skilled counselors collaborate with all academic divisions to meet the needs of students. Through SEEK, students are empowered to become independent learners and critical thinkers.
  • Counseling and Advisement. Group counseling courses and assigned counselor/advisor to assist with navigating through the college experience.
  • Peer Mentoring. Mission Possible Mentor Program assigns Freshman students to upper-level students to share experiences that facilitate an easier transition to college.
  • Students attend workshops ranging from study skills and money management to career preparation.
  • Financial Aid: Students are supported and advised of the various financial opportunities. SEEK students are eligible to receive a maximum of ten (10) semesters of TAP (two extra semesters).
  • Grants: PELL grants are available to SEEK students for academic and personal expenses, books, and school supplies.
  • SEEK stipend every semester for personal expenses (e.g. transportation, meals, laptop).
  • An extra year of Financial Aid to complete undergraduate studies or associate’s degree.
  • Free Tutoring One-on-one or group sessions.
  • Student Engagement. Students can become a part of the SEEK Association, or a National Honor society

Program Details:

  • Open to entering freshman year students.
  • Students must meet economic criteria to qualify for admission to the program. The Financial Aid Office reviews a student’s family income to determine eligibility.
  • Each student is paired with a professional counselor, who provides individualized academic advisement with personal and vocational development goals to achieve from admission to graduation.
  • SEEK students can take advantage of one-on-one tutoring, small group tutoring, specialized academic workshops, and supplementary instruction.
  • Critical Thinking and College Adjustment seminar workshops for freshman students.