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 2014-2015 academic year.
Household Size
(including head
of household)
Total Annual Income in
Prev. Calendar Year*
1 $21,590
2 $29,101
3 $36,612
4 $44,123
5 $51,634
6 $59,145
7 $66,656
8 $74,167*
* Plus $7,511 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.