A student is eligible for Perkins Special Populations Program if the student is enrolled in a career program, has the intent of entering the workplace immediately following the receipt of a degree or certificate in the career program, and possesses one or more of the following traits. The trait(s) possessed determines the type of services for which one is eligible.
- ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED: An economically disadvantaged student is one who receives financial aid based on need. Financial aid based on need includes: Federal Pell Grant, Public Aid, WIA, ILA, and Map grant.
- DISABLED: A disabled student is one who is physically, mentally, emotionally, learning, and/or developmentally disabled/impaired. A disabled student may be identified by the student himself on the Perkins Student Support Project Survey, the Department of Human Resources - Office of Rehabilitative Services, and/or campus service providers.
- NONTRADITIONAL: A nontraditional student is enrolled in a program in which 25% or less of that program's enrollment is of the same gender as the student or if a student has been out of school for a while and is seeking a degree in a Career and Tech field. (For example: a woman in the automotive program or a man in the nursing program.)
- LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENCY (LEP): A LEP student is one who was not born in the United States, comes from an environment where a language other than English is dominant, is American Indian or Alaskan Native and comes from an environment where a language other than English has had a significant impact on the level of English Language proficiency; and by reason thereof, has sufficient difficulty speaking, reading, writing, or understanding the English language as to deny such individual the opportunity to learn successfully in a classroom where the language of instruction is English or to participate fully in our society.
- SINGLE PARENT: This student is a single parent with dependent children who reside with that student. Single pregnant women are included in this category.
- DISPLACED HOMEMAKER: This is a student who:
- has worked primarily without remuneration for care for a home and family, for that reason has diminished marketable skills;
- has been dependent on the income of another family member but is no longer supported by that income;
is a parent whose youngest dependent will become ineligible to receive assistance under Part A of Title IV of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) not later than 2 years after the date on which the parent applies for assistance under this title; and
- is unemployed or underemployed and is experiencing difficulty in obtaining or upgrading employment.