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. Please see full guidelines here.

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 2020-2021 academic year.

Household Size (including head of household) Total Annual Income for 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*

* Plus $8,177 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 Family Day Care payments through the New York State Office of Children and Family Assistance

  • The students lives with foster parents who do not provide support for college and the student’s natural parents provide no such support;

  • The student is a ward of the state or county.


Educational Opportunity Program

Doris Diaz-Kelly
Assistant Dean of Student Services and Director, EOP
Hudson Hall
Room 400
53 Pendell Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone (845) 431-8037