First-Year EOP Applicants


The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is a New York State program designed to admit students who do not meet the traditional standards for admissions but have the desire, potential and talent to earn a college degree. Students admitted through EOP must demonstrate both financial and academic disadvantages.

All students admitted through EOP receive financial assistance and attend a month-long Summer Academy, where they make friends, become familiar with the SUNY Oneonta campus and prepare for a successful transition to college. The Office of Access and Opportunity Programs provides continuing support services, including peer mentors, tutoring, a lending library, alumni networking and more.

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Complete and submit either application and check "yes" when asked about applying for the EOP program.

Information on Applying

SUNY Oneonta is now test optional and will not require submission of SAT or ACT scores from students applying for undergraduate admission for the Spring 2024, Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 semesters. While we will consider scores if submitted, SAT/ACT results are not required. If you would like your test scores considered in the review process, please request your official scores to be sent to SUNY Oneonta from your high school or testing agency.

  • Oneonta SAT Code: 2542
  • Oneonta ACT Code: 2940

*SAT/ACT scores are required for admission to the 3+3 in Physical Therapy at SUNY Update Medical University.

Official high school transcript or results of GED/TASC

Report SAT and/or ACT scores (please note SUNY Oneonta is test optional for Spring 2024, Fall 2024 and Spring 2025 applicants)

  • SUNY Oneonta will render admission decisions using self-reported ACT or SAT scores. Students may self-report via the Common App or the SUNY Supplemental (if you applied using the SUNY application). Official scores are required of all students enrolling and must match self-reported scores. Discrepancies can lead to revocation of admission.

One letter of recommendation from a school counselor or teacher

EOP Financial Information Form and family/personal financial documents:

EOP Application Questions:

Access the form in your Applicant Status Page to answer the following questions:

  1. What motivated your interest to pursue post-secondary education?
  2. Explain the circumstances that affected your academic performance in high school.
  3. Based on what you know about the Educational Opportunity Program, how do you think the program will benefit you?

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

  • FAFSA CODE: 002847
  • TAP CODE: 0930

Please be sure to promptly respond to any inquiries from our Financial Aid Office. Visit Applying for Financial Aid for additional information and assistance.

Once we receive your application, you will receive an email with a Username (your email), PIN number and link to your personal status page. Your status page will be updated as we receive application materials and/or request additional information. Please be sure to check back often.

Note: The Admissions Office uses email as our main source of communication for important updates including application status notifications. You can update your email address at any time on the Applicant Status Page.

All admissions decisions are communicated online through the Applicant Status Page.

Financial Eligibility

Eligibility is assessed beginning with family income guidelines established by New York State. The table below lists financial guidelines for EOP eligibility. Any subsequent changes to these guidelines will be posted here. To be determined economically disadvantaged, a student's household income must not exceed the amount shown for its size, or the student's circumstances must conform to one of the exceptions indicated. (Meeting financial eligibility does not guarantee admission)

EOP Economic Eligibility Guidelines
Academic Year 2024-2025
Household Size
(including head of household)*
Total Annual Income in 2022 Calendar Year
1 $26,973
2 $36,482
3 $45,991
4 $55,500
5 $65,009
6 $74,518
7 $84,027
8 $93,536*

*For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $9,509 for each additional person.

Income guidelines do not apply if you meet one of the following:

  • The student's family is the recipient of Family Assistance or Safety Net payments through the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance or through a county Department of Social Services, or of Family Day Care payments through the New York State Office of Children and Family Assistance or a county Department of Social Services
  • The student lives with foster parents who do not provide support for college and the student's natural parents provide no such support
  • The student is a ward of the state or county

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