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EOP: Educational Opportunity Program

The purpose of the Educational Opportunity Program is to fulfill New York State's commitment to provide access to higher education for economically disadvantaged students who possessed the potential to succeed in college, but whose academic preparation in high school has not fully prepared them to pursue college education successfully.  The primary mission of the EOP is to facilitate the recruitment, enrollment, retention, and graduation of these students.  This is accomplished by providing EOP students with an array of educationally related support services and opportunities.  Applicants for EOP consideration must also be financially eligible for the program according to the New York State EOP financial eligibility guidelines.

Please Note:

    • EOP is not a financial aid or scholarship program.
    • Financial eligibility does not guarantee admission into SUNY Oswego.
    • Freshmen applicants who qualify academically for regular admissions are not eligible for EOP.

Freshman Eligibility for EOP

To be eligible for admissions through EOP as a freshman you must meet the following conditions:

    • Be a New York state resident for at least 12 months prior to enrollment. 
    • Have received a high school diploma or its equivalent.
    • Be ineligible for admission under traditional standards, but demonstrate potential to complete a college program.
    • Be economically disadvantaged according to New York State EOP income guidelines.
    • If applying for EOP via the Common App, find additional details on our EOP forms page.

 New York State EOP Income Guidelines

Household SizeIncome
*For each additional family member add $7,696

Income guidelines do not apply if:
1) Your family receives 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.
2) You live with foster parents who do not provide support for college and your natural parents provide no such support.
3) You are a ward of the state or county.

Freshman EOP Application Requirements:

  • Official High School Transcripts or official transcript of GED scores
  • Official SAT and/or ACT Scores (scores not required with GED)
  • Supplemental Application
  • Letter(s) of Recommendation
  • Personal Essay (1-2 pages)
  • EOP Financial Information Form
  • Household Income Documentation
  • All EOP applicants must file for Financial Aid using the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

*EOP Financial Information Form
If you use the SUNY Application, the EOP Financial Information Form is available through the SUNY website.  You will be directed to it by the SUNY Application Services Center (ASC) in Albany. The form may be submitted with required income documentation to the SUNY Application Services Center in Albany anytime after January 1st.

If you completed the Common Application, the Oswego Admissions Office will direct you via our application confirmation packet on where to download the EOP Financial Information Form from our website.  The form may be submitted with required income documentation directly to the Oswego Office of Admissions anytime after January 1st.

EOP Summer Program:
Freshmen admitted to SUNY Oswego through EOP are required to attend a mandatory four week summer program in July prior to the start of the fall semester.

Enrollment at Oswego is contingent upon successful completion of this program.  For additional information and questions about the summer program, contact the EOP Office at 315.312.3094 or write to olsinfo@oswego.eduFurther details can be found on the EOP pages.

Transfer eligibility for EOP: 
To be eligible for admission through EOP as a transfer you must have been enrolled in EOP, HEOP, COLLEGE DISCOVERY, SEEK or similar type program at a participating SUNY, CUNY or private institution in the State of New York.  

Participation in one of the above programs will be verified by the Office of Admissions with each campus in which you were a participant. Participation will be verified using the Educational Opportunity Program Transfer Verification Form. 

Transfer applicants who attended institutions that do not offer EOP or similar type programs, should contact the Office of Admissions regarding eligibility requirements.

Application requirements:

Transfer application and admission requirements.


For additional Admissions information,
write or call:

Office of Admissions
229 Sheldon Hall
SUNY Oswego
Oswego, NY 13126
Phone: 315.312.2250     Fax: 315.312.3260

For additional support services information,
write or call:

The Educational Opportunity Program
171 Marano Campus Center
SUNY Oswego
Oswego, NY 13126
Phone: 315.312.3094     Fax: 315.312.5676
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