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Application Guidelines

  • Application Guidelines

    The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), funded and administered by the New York State Education Department, is a financial aid program designed to help those students who are educationally and economically disadvantaged. The amount of each award is determined on an individual basis depending on need. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

    1. Be a first-generation, full-time college student in their first semester at SUNY Erie.
    2. Be a New York State resident for 12 months prior to enrollment.
    3. Meet one or both of the following criteria in order to be considered academically eligible for EOP at SUNY Erie:
        a) The student must have an 82 high school average or below
        b) The student must have a High School Diploma or High School Equivalency (HSE/GED)
    4. Meet with an EOP counselor to review additional requirements for the program
    5. Fall within a defined income bracket or show other evidence of being economically disadvantaged 

    Income Guidelines for EOP Eligibility

    Household Size
    (including head of household)
    Total Income
    (before taxes/gross)
    1 22,459
    2 30,451
    3 38,443
    4 46,435
    5 54,427
    6 62,419
    7 70,411
    8 78,403*
    * Add $7,992 for each additional household/family member in excess of eight

    Application Form: Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and EOP application. Funds are limited, apply by May 1 prior to academic year for first consideration.

    Exceptions to Financial Guidelines

    • 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 student 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. 
  • Need Help?

    EOP Main Office

    City Campus
    Room 512
    121 Ellicott Street
    Buffalo, NY 14203
    P: (716) 851-1140