State University of New York's Education Opportunity Program (EOP) provides academic support and financial aid to students who show promise for mastering college-level work, but who may otherwise not be accepted. Offered only to full-time students who are New York State residents, EOP accepts both freshmen and adult learners who qualify, academically and financially for the program. Note: You cannot apply for both the EOP and Early Decision/Early Action programs.

To be eligible for admission to EOP you must be:

In selecting students for the program, the State University of New York gives priority to applicants from historically disadvantaged backgrounds. If in the year prior to enrollment your family income falls below EOP guidelines due to unemployment, separation, divorce or death of a parent, etc., you may still not qualify for EOP if you are not from an historically disadvantaged background.

As part of the EOP admission process, your high school record and test scores (if needed) will be reviewed, as well as information about clubs, hobbies, jobs and any experiences which affected your past education. This information will help college counselors evaluate your potential for success in a college program.

When you enroll as an EOP student in the State University of New York, you receive special tutoring, and academic, career, and personal counseling. In addition to this support, you receive financial aid with the cost of room, board, tuition, books and personal expenses. All financial aid is based on financial need.

The $40 application fee is waived if you are eligible for admission to EOP. If you think you are eligible, check "YES" to the EOP question. If you are found ineligible either for academic or financial reasons, you will be billed for the application fee.
Note: Applicants who are deemed ineligible for EOP for financial reasons may still qualify for admission and for financial aid as traditional candidates.

For more information, before you apply, contact the admissions or EOP office at a State University Campus that interests you. Note: The following campuses do not offer EOP programs: Adirondack, Cayuga County, Clinton County, Columbia-Greene, Herkimer County, Jefferson, Mohawk Valley, Niagara County, Sullivan County, and Tompkins Cortland Community Colleges.

You are eligible for the program as a transfer student, provided you have been enrolled in EOP, College Discovery, HEOP (Higher Education Opportunity Program), SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge) or a similar academic and financial support program at your previous college. If your previous college did not have EOP or a similar program, you should notify the college to which you are transferring.

The table below lists financial eligibility requirements for EOP admission during the 2000-2001 academic year. To be economically disadvantaged, a student must belong to a household that is defined in Category A, B, or C or the exceptions noted below.

Household Size
(including head
of household)
Total Annual Income
In Previous Calendar Year
Category A Categories B & C
1 $10,750 $13,450
2 17,600 20,300
3 20,150 22,850
4 25,100 27,800
5 29,700 32,400
6 34,980 37,680
7 $38,850* $41,550*

*plus $3,900 for each additional family member

Household Categories

  1. Supported by one or more individuals whose total annual income is from Social Security or sources other than employment and which does not exceed the applicable amount under "Category A" above.
  2. Supported by more than one worker whose combined total annual income does not exceed the applicable amount under "Categories B & C" above.
  3. Supported by either one worker (yourself) or a single parent worker whose total annual income does not exceed the applicable amount under "Categories B & C" above.
The income guidelines do not apply if:
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