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

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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 2023 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 2023 Poverty Guidelines 

Size of Parents’ Family*

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For each additional

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* 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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