Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is SUNY for All?

SUNY For All is an initiative to help more people start their education or improve their job prospects by expanding access to the country's largest public university system. As a first step, SUNY's Online Training Center provides free academic and vocational preparation programs, as well as industry-recognized certifications, supported by one-on-one coaching that imparts skills, enhances college and job prospects, and strengthens communities.

More information and answers to frequently asked quesitons about the initiative are found below. 


What is ATTAIN?

The Advanced Technology Training and Information Networking (ATTAIN) offers an offers an exciting array of services to engage participants in academic development and career exploration. These programs introduce students to exciting employment fields like architecture construction, arts and audio/video communications, manufacturing, STEM and allied health. They will also have the ability to utilize additional services, including academic preparation, Microsoft certifications, English language development and more.

What programs and services does ATTAIN offer?

  • Courseware for all academic levels, whether you’re working on TASC or getting ready for college entry.
  • Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) Database Exams
  • Career exploration software

Who is eligible to participant in ATTAIN?

All New York State residents 17 years of age or older may enroll in ATTAIN.

What do I need to take advantage of ATTAIN’s programs and services?

Access to the internet and a computer or laptop with a current operating system and web browser.

How do I apply to ATTAIN?

  1. Use the following link to locate an ATTAIN lab in your area - sunyattain.org
  2. Click on the name of the ATTAIN lab
  3. Click on the “enroll at ATTAIN button”
  4. Fill out the application and click the submit button.

What should I expect to happen after submitting my application to ATTAIN?

You will receive a confirmation outlining the expected time to be contacted by an ATTAIN Lab Technology Coordinator along with details about hours of operation, contact information and a calendar of current programming offerings.

How may I contact someone regarding my questions/concerns?

You may use the Contact Us feature found on the ATTAIN website at www.sunyattain.org/feedback.asp

Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)

What is an Educational Opportunity Center (EOC)?

EOC's are tuition-free institutions that empower the upward mobility of adult learners. They create access to opportunity by providing programs that eliminate barriers to education, serving as a source of skills and gateway to better jobs.

What programs do EOC’s offer?

  • Academic and college preparation
  • Allied Health Certification
  • Business & Industry Certification

What are the eligibility requirements for EOCs?

  • Adults or out-of-school youth 16 years of age or older;
  • Must live in New York continuously for 12 months prior to admission;
  • Income relative to household size (several waivers apply);
  • Educational metrics such as lack of high school or secondary diploma, insufficient language skills and need for further training to gain employment.

What is the tuition and what are the fees for the EOC?

There are no tuition or fees. In extremely limited circumstances, an outside vendor facilitating a program may charge a small fee.

What do I need to take advantage of these programs/services?


Access to the internet and a computer or laptop with a current operating system and web browser.


What is the application process for the EOC?

  1. Complete online admissions application
  2. Expect an email invitation to an online enrollment session within 10 business days.
  3. Attend an online enrollment session.
  4. Submit applicable documents
  5. Take a placement assessment.

NOTE: The order of these steps may vary by EOC

What application documents are necessary to attend the EOC?

  1. Proof of Legal Status in the United States (provide at least one)
    • S. Birth Certificate
    • S. Citizenship/Naturalization certificate
    • S. Passport
    • S. Permanent Resident card
    • S. Refugee or Asylum documentation
  2. Proof of NYS residency (provide at least one)
    • New York State driver’s license or non-driver’s ID
    • New York State motor vehicle registration
    • Proof of ownership of New York State real property
    • Lease for property in New York State
    • New York State tax return (from previous year of application)
    • Proof of public assistance or other social service agency documentation that attests to New York State residency for past 12 months
  3. Proof of Income (provide all that apply)
    • Federal tax return (1040 or 1040A or 1040 EZ from previous year)
    • Unemployment, pension or worker’s compensation (current year)
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Social Security Benefits (current year)
    • IRS form 4506 – non-filers
    • Department of Social Services: HRA Current Budget Letter or Children Services letter
    • Child support or alimony
      NOTE:Pay stubs, W2 forms or notarized letters are not acceptable as proof of income
  4. Photo ID (provide at least one)
    • New York State driver’s license or non-driver’s ID
    • New York State Benefits card with photo ID
    • New York City ID card
    • S. Permanent Resident card
    • S. passport
  5. Proof of Education (provide all that apply)
    • High School Diploma (HSD) or Transcript (copies of college transcript may be requested)
    • Official GED diploma, HSE/TASC diploma or test scores
    • Foreign diploma (English translation)
    • Student high school dismissal letter

College Prep applicants only:

  • CUNY ACT scores (or)
  • Academic dismissal letter from a college or university

Note: Individuals with a college degree or more than 33 college credits are not eligible for any EOC programs.