An individual whose family taxable income did not exceed 150 percent of the poverty level amount in the calendar year preceding the year in which the individual initially participates in the project. The poverty level amount is determined by using criteria of poverty established by the Bureau of the Census of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

To determine if this applies to you please see this chart: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/trio/incomelevels.html