Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) offers higher education opportunities to high school graduates or to holders of high school equivalency diplomas who do not meet normally applied admission criteria but who have the potential for college success. Students must also meet family income guidelines printed in the SUNY application viewbook.

EOP is an extended program with course work paced to enhance student success. Students study full-time, enrolling in at least 12 credit hours per semester. The first-year schedule will include courses in English; math; college skills and/or reading; social, physical, or life science; and/or program course(s). To comply with program requirements, EOP students may be required to repeat courses in which they have earned a "D" or "D+".

Students are required to participate in regular tutoring and academic advising sessions.

Essential to EOP is direct financial aid. For each EOP student, a financial aid package is planned which may include grants from EOP, Pell, and Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). All EOP students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

About the Program

The EOP has been created with your academic success and personal pride in educational achievement as its primary goals. Individual pacing of course work and personal assistance are just two of the ways provided to achieve these goals.

You may be eligible for EOP if you have:

  • Lived in New York State for a minimum of one year.
  • Earned a High School or General Equivalency Diploma (GED).
  • Met other academic and financial eligibility requirements as specified in the SUNY application.

Income Guidelines

Refer to the table on this page which lists financial eligibility requirements for EOP admission.

Financial Aid

Many of your college expenses could be paid by financial aid grants (awards which do not have to be repaid) and/or loans (borrowed money which must be repaid with interest). Your eligibility for funding will be determined after you:

Student Life

You will be offered a variety of extracurricular choices to broaden your educational experiences and to make your college years memorable ones.

EOP Provides

  • Tutoring in most courses.
  • Counseling for any concern.
  • Academic advising for scheduling and program information.
  • Orientation to acquaint you with services and activities available at the College.

XAE National Honor Society

Upon receiving a 3.0 for 2 consecutive semesters, Alfred State EOP students are eligible for Chi Alpha Epsilon (XAE). This national honor society recognizes the high academic achievements of student enrolled in Opportunity Programs across the country.