Definition: Disadvantaged Background is a citizen, national, or a lawful permanent resident of the United States or
the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico or the Marianas Islands, the Virgin Islands, Guam, the American Samoa, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated State of Micronesia who either comes from:
(1) an environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skill, and abilities required to enroll in and graduate from a health professions school OR
(2) a program providing education or training in an allied health profession OR
(3) a family with an annual income below the level based on low income thresholds according to family size published by the U.S. Bureau of Census, adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index, and adjusted by the Secretary, HHS, for use in health professions and nursing programs.