Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

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The State University of New York’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) provides access, academic support and additional financial aid to students who show promise for succeeding in college.

Students can live on campus and complete any required remedial courses the summer before their freshman year at no cost during the Pre-Freshmen Summer Institute. The 4-week program allows students to get comprehensive college orientation, finish required Math or English classes, attend social and cultural events and earn up to 8 credits toward the completion of an associate degree.

The SUNY Adirondack faculty and staff work with students every step of the way to help them stay on track, both in and outside the classroom. Students in the Educational Opportunity Program receive a designated EOP counselor, academic advisement, tutoring, skill development workshops, supplemental instruction and mentoring.

Educational Opportunity Program students receive an EOP grant in addition to other need-based financial aid to alleviate non-tuition costs.

SUNY Adirondack’s Educational Opportunity Program is a building block for your success. Students can transfer to an EOP/HEOP program at a 4-year school after earning an associate degree.

Why apply for EOP?

The Educational Opportunity Program is available to guide and assist qualified students through the new college experience. Students are offered a host of exciting workshops, study groups, tutorial programs, individual and group counseling and a unique faculty-student contact program. Students may also be eligible for an EOP supplemental grant to help with college-related expenses based on need.

Other supportive services include:
• Four-week summer program (fall entering first-time students)
• Contact with counselor on a regular basis
• Financial advisement
• Study skills/orientation classes
• Assistance in completing federal and state financial aid forms
• Assistance with transfer to similar opportunity programs such as HEOP, SEEK and College Discovery within New York state

Who is eligible?

First-time Students

• Be a first-time full-time day student (no prior college).
• Be a resident of New York State (one year).
• Be a high school graduate with a C average or have a G.E.D. (General Equivalency Diploma).
• A member of a household with a gross annual income that does not exceed the applicable amount stated in the New York State Education Department's Guidelines (see Financial Guidelines chart).

EOP Financial Guidelines 2016 - 2017
For students first entering college on or after July 1, 2016

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 *

* Plus $7,696 for each additional family member in excess of eight.

Income guidelines are subject to change.

Transfer Students

Transfer students must be admitted to SUNY Adirondack and have been previously enrolled in a similar opportunity program such as EOP, HEOP, SEEK, College Discovery or a similar program at a post-secondary institution. Verification of prior status must be submitted to EOP.


Readmit Students

Readmit students must have been previously enrolled in EOP at SUNY Adirondack, but have not received a degree. Applicants should be in good academic standing from the last semester of enrollment.

Both transfer and re-admit students should not be in default on any student loans and have not reached their maximum of six semesters of EOP eligibility.

If you need assistance, you may contact the EOP Office at or 518.743.2200, ext. 2410.

Contact Us

EOP is located in Room 002 in Warren Hall. Office hours are 8 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday.
For more information, email or call 518.743.2200, ext. 2410.


Does EOP pay tuition and housing cost?
No, the EOP Supplemental Grant is for college-related expenses, like books and supplies.

How do I apply for the Educational Opportunity Program?
Check the appropriate box on the SUNY Adirondack application or contact the EOP office at

How do I know if I am eligible for EOP?
Check the appropriate box on the EOP application or contact the EOP Office at See the guidelines below.

I am not a first-time college student. Am I eligible to apply for EOP at SUNY Adirondack?
No, EOP is only for a New York State resident who is a first-time college student or a transferring student who participated in EOP or HEOP at their previous college or university or a readmit student who previously participated in EOP at SUNY Adirondack.

I am transferring to SUNY Adirondack from another college. Am I eligible for EOP at SUNY Adirondack?
Only if you were an EOP or HEOP student at your previous college or university.

Is EOP a financial aid program?
No, the EOP Supplemental Grant is based on need and program participation.

What services are offered through EOP?
Services offered through EOP are a four-week pre-freshman summer program, tutorial program, individual and group counseling and a variety of workshops.

Where can I get more information about the Educational Opportunity Program?
E-mail us at or call 518.743.2200, ext. 2410.