Income-Based Eligibility Guidelines

You are eligible to participate in COPE if you are currently receiving Family Assistance or Safety Net Assistance or you fall within 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. See chart 2 below for income guidelines:

2008 Federal Poverty Level (FPL) - Updated Annually

2008 HHS Poverty Guidelines
Persons in Family or Household 48 Contiguous States and D.C. Alaska Hawaii
1 $10,400 $13,000 $11,960
2 14,000 17,500 16,100
3 17,600 22,000 20,240
4 21,200 26,500 24,380
5 24,800 31,000 28,520
6 28,400 35,500 32,660
7 32,000 40,000 36,800
8 35,600 44,500 40,940
For each additional person, add 3,600 4,500 4,140
200% 008 HHS Poverty Guidelines
Persons in Family or Household 48 Contiguous States and D.C. Alaska Hawaii
1 $20,800 $26,000 $23,920
2 $28,000 $35,000 $32,200
3 $35,200 $44,000 $40,480
4 $42,400 $53,000 $48,760
5 $49,600 $62,000 $57,040
6 $56,800 $71,000 $65,320
7 $64,000 $80,000 $73,600
8 $71,200 $89,000 $81,880
For each additional person, add $7,200 $9,000 $8,280

150% 2008 HHS Poverty Guidelines
Persons in Family or Household 48 Contiguous States and D.C. Alaska Hawaii
1 $15,600 $19,500 $17,940
2 $21,000 $26,250 $24,150
3 $26,400 $33,000 $30,360
4 $31,800 $39,750 $36,570
5 $37,200 $46,500 $42,780
6 $42,600 $53,250 $48,990
7 $48,000 $60,000 $55,200
8 $53,400 $66,750 $61,410
For each additional person, add $5,400 $6,750 $6,210

What if I Don't Qualify?


If you don't qualify for COPE, you should consider one of the many other credit
and non-credit programs offered by The City University of New York.

For information about degree programs, visit www.cuny.edu or call the
Office of Admissions Services at 212-290-5600 or 1-800-CUNY-YES.

For information about adult literacy, high school equivalency (GED) or
English as a Second Language (ESL) programs, visit
www.literacy.cuny.edu or www.cuny.edu/continuinged

Or call
866-344-CUNY for information about continuing education programs
throughout New York City!

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