Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria

You must meet economic and academic criteria to be admitted into the EOP program. You must also be a New York State resident for 12 months prior to enrollment.

In addition, you must:

  • Have earned a New York State high school diploma or its equivalent or demonstrate ability to benefit from a college education by placement testing.
  • Meet the guidelines shown below
    - 75 or below high school gpa.
    - Have taken one or more credit equivalent courses.
    - Be a first-time, full-time matriculated student.
    Meet the income guidelines. The table below lists financial guidelines for EOP eligibility during the Fall 2012 academic year.
Household Size
(including head
of household)
Total Annual Income in
Prev. Calendar Year*
1 $20,665
2 $27,991
3 $35,317
4 $42,643
5 $49.969
6 $57.295
7 $64,621
8 $71,947*
* Plus $7,326 for each additional family member in excess of eight.

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 of Family Day Care payments through the New York State Office of Children and Family Assistance or a county Department of Social Services;
  • The students lives with foster parents who do not provide support for college and the student’s natural parents provide no such support;
  • You are a ward of the state or county.