EOP Applicants

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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.

Admissions Process

Apply using the SUNY Application or Common Application and check "yes" when asked about applying for the EOP program.

In addition to the standard freshman application materials, you’ll need to submit:

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.

Academic Eligibility

  • Cumulative high school average of 78 or higher or a GED/TASC score of 2380 or higher
  • Minimum combined SAT score of 800 (test dates prior to March 1, 2016) or 880 (test dates after March 1, 2016) or ACT composite of 16
  • Students must be ineligible for admission to SUNY Oneonta under general admission requirements

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)

Family Income Guidelines

EOP Economic Eligibility Guidelines 
Academic Year 2019-2020
Household Size
(including head of household)*
Total Annual Income in 2017 Calendar Year
1 $22,459
2 $30,451
3 $38,443
4 $46,435
5 $54,427
6 $62,419
7 $70,411
8 $78,403*

*For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $7,992 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