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Educational Opportunity Program

Financial Eligibility


The State University of New York's Educational Opportunity Program provides academic support and financial aid to students who show promise for mastering college-level work, but who may not have otherwise been offered admission. Offered primarily to full-time students who are New York State residents, EOP accepts students who qualify, academically and financially, for the program.

To be eligible for admission to EOP you must be a New York State resident for 12 months prior to enrollment; ineligible for admission under traditional standards, but demonstrate potential for completing a college program; and in need of financial assistance within established income guidelines (see below). In selecting students for the program, priority is given to applicants from historically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Income Guidelines

The table below lists financial eligibility requirements for EOP admission for students entering the 2016-2017 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
Previous Calendar Year
1 $21,978
2 $29,637
3 $37,296
4 $44,955
5 $52,614
6 $60,273
7 $67,951
8 $75,647

For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $7,696 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.