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EOP FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

The State University of New York's Educational Opportunity Program provides access, academic support and financial aid to students who show promise for succeeding in college but who may not have otherwise been offered admission. Program participants receive a variety of academic support services and modest financial support to alleviate non-tuition costs (e.g. books, supplies etc.) Available primarily to full-time, matriculated students, the program supports students throughout their college careers within the University.

Note: You cannot apply for both the EOP and Early Decision/Early Action programs.

What are the admission requirements for the EOP program?

Admission requirements will vary from campus to campus.  In addition to meeting appropriate admission requirements, EOP applicants must be a New York state resident for 12 months prior to enrollment. To be eligible for EOP, applicants must be ineligible for admission under traditional standards, but demonstrate potential for completing a college-level program.  You may wish to view the EOP Freshman profile for each campus.  Applicants must also qualify as economically disadvantaged.

Are transfer applicants eligible for EOP?

Yes, transfer students may apply for EOP consideration if they have been enrolled in EOP, College Discovery, HEOP, SEEK or a similar program at the previous college. If the previous college did not offer EOP or a similar program, you may be considered for transfer to EOP and should notify the college to which you are transferring of your interest.

Do EOP applicants submit an application fee?

Students submitting an application for EOP consideration may qualify for an application fee waiver for their first seven (7) campus choices. If a student does not meet both the academic and economic guidelines or the campus to which the student is applying does not operate an Educational Opportunity Program, the student will be billed for the fee.

NOTE: Applicants who are deemed ineligible for EOP may still qualify for admission and financial aid through other admissions processes.

How do I apply for EOP?

Applicants to EOP submit the regular SUNY application and indicate interest in EOP. Campuses will often request additional documentation once your application has been received. Your high school record and test scores will be reviewed, as well as information about your goals and interests. This review process will assist admission officers in evaluating potential for success in college.

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