Am I eligible?

EOP was created to identify students who could succeed at the university/college level but may struggle to meet the financial demand. Are you a student who:

  • Has a Grade Point Average of 70% to 81%?
  • Meets the EOP income guidelines (see  below)?
  • Is going to college for the first time?
  • Has been a resident of New York State (at least 12 months prior to applying)?
  • Demonstrates potential to be academically successful with EOP support?
  • Shows evidence of historical educational and financial disadvantage?

If you answered "Yes" to the questions above, EOP may be for you! We have limited seats, so submit your application today.

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 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.

Please note: If you are deemed ineligible for EOP, you may still qualify for admission and financial aid through other processes. Contact our Admissions Office to learn more.

Income guidelines

For academic year 2020-21

This table lists the financial eligibility requirements for EOP admission for students entering the 2020-21 academic year. Any subsequent changes to these guidelines will be posted here. In order 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.

Household Size
(including head of household)
Total Annual Income in
2018 Calendar Year *
1 $23,107
2 $31,284
3 $39,461
4 $47,638
5 $55,815
6 $63,992
7 $72,169
8 $80,346 *

* For households with more than 8 people, add $8,177 for each additional person.

Income guidelines do not apply if:

  • 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 Family Day Care payments through the New York State Office of Children and Family Assistance.
  • The student is in foster care as established by the court.
  • The student is a ward of the state or county.