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Educational Opportunity Program

  • Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

    The State University of New York (SUNY) Educational Opportunity Program assists students by providing access to higher education and additional support services for students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.

    Who We Serve

    ▸ Students who show both the ability and the motivation to complete college despite the effects of economic and academic struggles.
    ▸ Individuals holding a high school diploma or a high school equivalency (HSE).
    ▸ First semester, first-year students whose high school average was an 82 or below.
    ▸ New York State residents.


    ▸ Counseling and financial assistance beyond those services available to the general student population.
    ▸ Program counselors provide assistance with academic and personal concerns, academic advisement, career exploration, and transfer options.
    ▸ EOP maintains a computer lab and provides tutorial services.
    ▸ The program offers several supplemental orientation workshops to assist students transitioning both to college and college life.

  • Eligibility Requirements

    To apply, the student must be a first-generation, full-time college student in their first semester at SUNY Erie.

    Residency: Student must have New York State residency 12 months prior to enrollment.

    Academic Qualifications: Students must meet one or more of the following criteria:
           ▹ Have a high school average of 82 or below
              - OR -
           ▹ Have a high school equivalency certificate (HSE).

    Financial: The State of New York (SUNY) has established guidelines to determine eligibility. Applicants are required to submit income information directly to the EOP office so that financial eligibility may be confirmed.
          Acceptable Documentation:
          ▹ Federal 1040 tax form
          ▹ Federal form 4506 verification of non-filing
          ▹ Social Security, Supplemental Security Income benefits statement
          ▹ Public Assistance/Department of Social Services (DSS) budget sheet
          ▹ Unemployment Benefits/Disability Benefits statement
          ▹ Notarized letters or statements that support unusual circumstances/claims
          ▹ Permanent Resident ID card (for non-citizens)

    The application deadline occurs just after the Add/Drop deadline, please check with the EOP office for the exact date. Space is limited; therefore, interested students must apply and submit required eligibility documentation by the deadline date established each semester.

  • Need Help?

    EOP Main Office

    City Campus
    Room 512
    121 Ellicott Street
    Buffalo, NY 14203
    P: (716) 851-1140
  • Over 40 Years of Success

    EOP was established in 1967 by former State Assembly Deputy Speaker, Dr. Arthur O. Eve.

    EOP is not a financial aid program.

    EOP is ethnically diverse.

    EOP is active on 43 SUNY campuses.

    EOP students typically have higher retention rates and complete graduate degrees in greater numbers.

    EOP has more than 60,000 graduates.

    EOP students are active in Chi Alpha Epsilon (XAE) and Phi Theta Kappa(PTK) national honor societies, as well as other campus, state, and national academic honors programs.