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Educational Opportunity Program

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is an academic and financial support program which provides a college education for capable students with limited financial resources and inadequate academic preparation. Only those individuals who are both academically and economically disadvantaged will be granted EOP status.


To be eligible for EOP status, transfer students must have been an EOP, HEOP, or SEEK student in their previous college. Those students who are transferring from a college or university that did not have one of these programs, or who are transferring from a college or university outside of New York State can be screened to verify both economic and academic eligibility prior to admission.

Academic Guidelines for EOP

A student's high school grades, class rank and standardized test scores, alone, do not always provide an accurate picture of academic ability and potential to do college work. As part of the EOP application procedure students provide additional information (letters of recommendation and a personal statement) which outline extracurricular activities and job experiences as well as other personal and family obligations that may have affected the student's academic achievement.

This supplementary information aids the College in assessing the student's ability to do college work, especially if the traditional methods of evaluation are not true measures of the student's potential. Applicants must have completed all prerequisites and must show potential for satisfactory completion of their program of choice.

Economic Guidelines for EOP

Income guidelines have been established to determine economic eligibility for EOP. Refer to the SUNY Application Guidebook to confirm eligibility.

If you have any questions, please contact the Financial Aid Office: