Educational Opportunity Program
The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is a state-funded initiative that provides access, support, and financial aid to qualifying students who show potential to succeed in college.
The EOP Program is no longer accepting applications for the 2023-2024 academic year. For more information on other support systems, please get in touch with us.
EOP Support Services & Benefits
Participating in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) provides enhanced academic support for under-prepared students:
Extended Summer Orientation
A three-week program introducing you to college life and FLCC student support services.
Professional tutors provide 1-on-1 support for your academic coursework at no cost.
Personal Academic Counseling
EOP counselors help you discover interests, meet expectations, and plan for your future.
The EOP provides a small grant for education expenses and up to ten semesters of New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) based on need.
Transfer to participating New York State colleges and universities as an (H)EOP student.
Graduate Tuition Waiver
Graduate Opportunity Program Tuition Waiver for EOP, HEOP, and SEEK program graduates.
EOP Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for EOP, you must:
- Be a New York State resident.
- Be a first-time student (or previously enrolled in an EOP).
- Be admitted to one of our degree programs.
- Register as a full-time student (12 or more credits).
- Meet academic and income guidelines (outlined below).
The table below presents financial eligibility requirements for EOP admission for the 2023-24 academic year. To qualify as economically disadvantaged, your household income must not exceed the amount shown for its size. Some exceptions apply.
For students entering college during the 2023-2024 academic year, total annual income in calendar year 2021 must not exceed:
|Household Size||Total Annual Income|
*For larger households, add $8,732 for each additional person.
Income Guidelines Do Not Apply If:
- Your family receives Family Assistance or Safety Net payments through the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance through a county Department of Social Service.
- Your family receives Family Day Care payments through the New York State Office of Children and Family Assistance or a county Department of Social Services.
- You live with foster parents who do not provide support for college and your natural parents provide no such support.
- You are a ward of the state or county.
Financial Eligibility Documentation for EOP Admission
We need proof of all family income to verify your eligibility for EOP. This includes your total annual income from all sources, taxable and non-taxable. Dependent students (by financial aid standards) must provide income documents for themselves and their parents. We may request additional information after receiving your FAFSA, tax returns, and other documents to finalize your eligibility.
Please send the required documents to the EOP Office. If the Financial Aid Office has copies of income documents, the EOP Office does not need a second copy.
EOP students must show evidence of academic under-preparedness to the Admissions Office. Approved documentation includes:
- Graduating from an accredited high school:
- with an average grade of 70-85, or
- in a vocational program, or
- lacking courses required for your college program (i.e., math and science courses).
- Earning a high school equivalency diploma (GED).
- Be a non-high school graduate enrolled in the Ability to Benefit Program, allowing you to receive a GED by completing 24 college credits.
We can also consider other evidence of under-preparedness. This includes the need for prerequisite or developmental courses as a result of basic skills testing.
EOP Application Process
Students who meet the following criteria receive priority consideration:
- Provide evidence of historical, educational, and financial disadvantage.
- Show potential to be successful with EOP support.
- Complete application and income verification as soon as possible.
EOP eligibility does not guarantee admission to the program. SUNY funds and administers EOP and can only admit a certain number of students per year. EOP admissions close once we reach the maximum enrollment for each semester.
We begin reviewing EOP applications in February or March. While you may submit applications through July, we encourage you to apply earlier. You can contact the EOP Office at any time with questions relating to EOP admission.
If you meet the eligibility requirements above, follow these steps to apply for the EOP:
- Apply for admission to FLCC.
- File your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and Express TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) applications.
- Complete and return an EOP application and necessary financial documentation.
- Attend the extended summer orientation program.
- Print and return the EOP Transfer Applicant Information Sheet
Note: You are eligible for EOP if you are a resident of New York State and were enrolled in a similar post-secondary opportunity program elsewhere (i.e., EOP, HEOP, SEEK, or College Discovery).
- Print and return the EOP Returning Student Information Sheet
Note: You are eligible to re-enter the EOP if you were previously admitted to FLCC as an EOP student.
Khadija Muhammadi of Rochester received the 2019 Norman R. McConney Jr. Award, an honor that recognizes excellence among participants in the SUNY Educational Opportunity Program. Khadija immigrated to the U.S. from Pakistan in 2015 to live with two sisters while finishing high school in Irondequoit. Her parents and brother remain in her home country; she keeps in touch via Skype. She chose FLCC for its small environment, saying "When I came to FLCC, I knew this was the right place for me."
— Khadija Muhammadi