Educational Opportunity Program at MVCC

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is a state-funded program that provides access, academic support, and financial assistance to make higher education possible for students who are educationally and economically disadvantaged but have the potential to succeed in college. At MVCC, we believe that fostering the success of individual students helps to build a stronger community, and ensuring access to career and transfer programs will help students increase economic mobility through the attainment of a living wage. 


To be eligible for admission to EOP at MVCC, you must:

  • Be New York State resident for 12 months prior to enrollment;
  • Be a high school graduate with a C average (70-81 on a 100-point scale), or have a GED (General Equivalency Diploma);
  • Require special admissions consideration; and
  • Qualify as economically disadvantaged according to the income guidelines. In selecting students for the program, priority is given to applicants from historically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Transfer students: You are eligible for EOP as a transfer student provided you have been enrolled in a similar opportunity program, such as HEOP, SEEK, College Discovery, or STEP, at a post-secondary institution. Verification of prior status must be submitted to EOP. 

Foster Youth College Success Initiative: Foster youth are eligible for additional services and funding to assist with applying for, enrolling in, and succeeding in college.

Note: Applicants deemed ineligible for EOP may still qualify for admission and financial aid through other admission processes. Contact our Admissions Office to learn more.

How to apply for EOP at MVCC

Contact us:

Salina Billins Education Opportunity Program
Salina Billins

Phone: 315-792-5438