Program Eligibility


In order to be considered a candidate for the Ronald E. McNair Program, you must meet the following criteria as determined by the department of Education. 

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  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the time of application
  • Intention of pursuing a doctorate degree upon completion of bachelor degree (exclude master’s degree, professional degree, MD [Doctor of Medicine], and JD [Juris Doctor] seekers)
  • Completed at least 54 credits prior to summer institute
  • Low income as defined by the US Department of Education and a first generation college student (where neither residential parent completed a 4-year degree) or a student underrepresented in graduate education as defined by U.S. Department of Education (Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiians, and Native American Pacific Islander)

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: $6,630 for the 48 contiguous states, the District of Columbia and outlying jurisdictions; $8,295 for Alaska; and $7,620 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 2019 poverty guidelines are in effect as of January 11, 2019. Federal Register notice forthcoming. Publication is delayed due to temporary closure of federal offices.