Vet Up! The National HCOP Academy for Veterinary Medicine Program Eligibility Requirements

Questions about Vet Up?

Email us at VetUp@purdue.edu or call us at 765-496-1908

Vet Up! is open to individuals who are:

  • U.S. citizens
  • Non-citizen nationals
  • Foreign nationals who possess a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States 

Participants must also establish an educationally or economically disadvantaged background by meeting two or more of the following criteria: 

  • The individual is an underrepresented minority with respect to race or ethnicity.
  • The individual is from a rural background.
  • The individual is the first-generation in their family to attend college (neither parent nor legal guardian completed a Bachelor’s degree or higher).
  • The individual graduated from (or last attended) a high school that, based on the most recent annual data available, had:
    • Less than 60% of seniors receiving a high school diploma; or
    • Less than 60% of graduates going to college the first year after graduation; or
    • Over half of the enrolled students eligible for free or reduced-price lunches.
  • Low family annual income based the 2019 Poverty Guidelines and validated by federal income tax return. A family is a group of two or more individuals related by birth, marriage, or adoption who live together. A household may be only one person.

Low Income Levels** Based on the 2019 Poverty Guidelines 

Size of Parents’ Family*

48 Contiguous States and D.C.

Alaska

Hawaii

1

$24,980

$31,200

$28,760

2

33,820

42,260

38,920

3

42,660

53,320

49,080

4

51,500

64,380

59,240

5

60,340

75,440

69,400

6

69,180

86,500

79,560

7

78,020

97,560

89,720

8

86,860

108,620

99,880

For each additional

person, add

$8,840

$11,060

$10,160

 

* Includes only dependents listed on federal income tax forms. Some programs will use the student’s family rather than his or her parents’ family.

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