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How to Apply

Program Eligibility

  1. Meet both the educational and economic guidelines established by the NYSED (See Economic Eligibility Criteria).
  2. Be a graduate of a high school approved and accredited by the NYSED, and have a New York State Equivalency Diploma or equivalent.
  3. Be a “first-time” college student or qualified transfer student from Educational Opportunity Program, Higher Educational Opportunity Program, SEEK, or College Discovery Opportunity Programs.
  4. Have an admissions index score below the cut-off point for regular admissions to a CUNY senior college.
  5. Be a New York State resident for at least 12 months before enrollment.
  6. Complete Medgar Evers College Pre-Freshman Summer Program, which usually starts in July and finishes in August in the year before enrollment.
  7. Apply online for Financial Aid through FAFSA at (In addition, students must follow the link to complete your TAP application as well.)

For more information about the SEEK program and eligibility requirements, call the SEEK office at 718-270-4974, or send us an email at

How do I apply as a Freshman?

  • When applying to Medgar Evers College via the website, complete the Special Programs (SEEK and College Discovery) section of the CUNY Freshman Admission Application (questions 17-20). This can be done through paper application also.
  • You must also complete the Financial Aid Student Application (FAFSA). The FAFSA can be submitted in paper form or electronically at
  • You should list all of the CUNY colleges you are considering in step 6 of your FAFSA. Be aware that not all eligible students are accepted to SEEK; therefore, submit your application early to increase your chance of being accepted.
  • Your admission into the SEEK program is conditional until you meet the following requirements:
    • Complete the SEEK application form.
    • Meet the income criteria.
    • Submit all documents to the Financial Aid office (1637 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, Room S 108).
    • Provide federal income tax return for student and parent, any untaxed income received in the previous year i.e. Supplemental Security Income, Social Security Disability, Public Assistance, Pension). Documents are submitted via CUNYfirst, during the application process.
    • Attend a SEEK orientation.
    • Attend the mandatory SEEK Summer Academy.

Please review the Medgar Evers College Guide to applying to the SEEK Program.

How do I apply as a transfer student?

SEEK Transfer Program allows students who transfer from another CUNY school and transition into Medgar Evers College’s SEEK program seamlessly. During Transfer Orientation, transfer students are guided through campus life and the different opportunities that are available to them as new transfer students.

The goals of the SEEK Transfer Program are:

  • to integrate participants into Medgar Evers College
  • to ensure that transfer students understand the College’s policies and SEEK Program policies;
  • to review the college’s requirements for the continued receipt of Financial Aid
  • to provide participants with Counseling, Academic Support Services, and Career Support services.

Please Note: Transfer students from a Special Opportunity Programs (i.e. SEEK, HEOP, EOP, CD), must submit a Special Programs Transfer Form before the beginning of the intended transfer semester, to officially transfer your Special Opportunity Programs status to the Medgar Evers SEEK Department.

For inquiries about general admissions and Transfer Credit Evaluation, students must contact the Office of Admissions and Recruitment at 718-270-6024 or

Please review the Medgar Evers College Guide to applying to the SEEK Program.

How do I apply as a re-admit student?

If you have a cumulative GPA less than 2.0 and were not enrolled last semester, you must submit a petition for reinstatement to the Academic Review & Appeal Committee.

If you were dismissed from Medgar Evers College, you must sit out for two consecutive semesters before being eligible to submit a petition for reinstatement.

What is the Academic Review & Appeal (ARAC)?
ARAC at Medgar Evers College reviews all student petitions for reinstatement to the College who are not in good academic standing and are ineligible to continue with their academic degree at MEC. All students planning to submit a petition for reinstatement must complete a FAFSA and include proof of submission.

Why must I complete the FAFSA prior to submitting the petition?
If you want to receive financial aid, you must submit a FAFSA application, which will determine your eligibility. Some students may be required to complete and submit a Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal.

What if I am not eligible for financial aid due to my income?
You will not be required to complete the FAFSA form.

If I miss the deadline, can I still submit my petition?
If you miss the deadline for the current semester for which you are petitioning, you must wait until the following semester to submit your petition.

  • Deadline for Fall Petition for Reinstatement: March 15.
  • Deadline for Spring Petition for Reinstatement: November 1.

What documents must I submit with my petition?
You must submit a hard copy of the following:

  1.  a type-written statement to explain your poor record of scholastic performance, as well as
  2. supporting documentation such as: medical records for illnesses, a death certificate for a death in the family, an obituary with your name included in the program, a travel itinerary if applicable, eviction notices, temporary housing statement, notarized letter, etc.

What happens if my petition is approved?
You will be contacted by ARAC by phone and will receive written notification. You must then complete the readmit application at the Admissions Office and pay the processing fee.

What happens if my petition is denied?
If your petition is denied you will not be readmitted to the College. In such cases, students are urged to take advantage of the New Start Program at Kingsborough Community College. Please visit or call (718) 368-4911 or e-mail

Read through the Academic Review and Committee (ARAC) Petition Reinstatement Process for a firm understanding of what is required, the download the Petition for Reinstatement Form to start the process. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the SEEK team at 718-270-4974 or via email at