The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is designed to provide access for students who demonstrate academic potential, talent and desire to earn a college degree. EOP assists students who are both academically and financially disadvantaged and provides additional services needed to ensure success.
In addition to the standard freshman application materials, you’ll need to submit:
- The EOP Financial Information Form (supplemental) and family/personal financial documents
- Letters of recommendation
- An autobiographical essay (please see section 9 of the EOP Financial Information Form (supplemental) for more details on the essay)
Once all required materials are received by the Office of Admissions, a committee consisting of Admissions and Opportunity Programs staff will review applications on a rolling basis until institutional enrollment goals are met.
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)
Family Income Guidelines
(including head of household)*
|Total Annual Income in 2019 Calendar Year|
*For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $8,288 for each additional person.
Exceptions to Income Guidelines
- 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