Eligibility Requirements

Applying for EOP as a First-Time Student

To be eligible for EOP as a first-time college student, you must:

  • Be a New York State resident.
  • Complete and file an application for admission to FLCC, and be admitted to a degree program.
  • Apply for financial aid by filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and Express TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) Applications.
  • Register as a full-time student (12 or more credits).
  • Meet academic and income guidelines (see below).

Eligibility for EOP does not guarantee admission to the program. EOP is a program funded and administered under the State University of New York, and the number of students approved to participate is limited. EOP admissions will be closed when we reach our maximum enrollment in the program for each semester. Priority for EOP admission is given to students who:

  1. Show evidence of historical educational and financial disadvantage.
  2. Demonstrate potential to be academically successful with EOP support.
  3. Complete application and income verification earliest.

We usually begin processing EOP applications in February or March. Although applications may be submitted through early July, students are encouraged to apply well in advance of these deadlines. Any applicant is encouraged to contact the EOP Office at any time with questions relating to EOP admission.

FLCC EOP Supplemental Application

After filing the FLCC Application for Admission or the SUNY Application, your next step in applying for EOP at FLCC is to print, complete, sign, and return the supplemental application. FLCC will not review eligibility and make an admission decision until it receives your EOP Supplemental Application.

Income Guidelines

The table below lists financial eligibility requirements for EOP admission for students entering the 2023-24 academic year. Any subsequent changes to these guidelines will be posted here. In order to be determined economically disadvantaged, a student's household income must not exceed the amount shown for its size or the student's circumstances must conform to one of the exceptions indicated.

For students first entering college during the 2023-2024 academic year - total annual income in calendar year 2021 must not exceed:

Household Size
(including head of household)
Total Annual Income in
Calendar Year
1 $25,142
2 $33,874
3 $42,606
4 $51,338
5 $60,070
6 $68,802
7 $77,534
8 $86,266*
*For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $8,732 for each additional person.

Income Guidelines Also Do Not Apply If...

  • 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 of Family Day Care payments through the New York State Office of Children and Family Assistance or a county Department of Social Services;
  • 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.

Financial Eligibility Documentation for EOP Admission

In order for us to see that you are financially eligible for EOP as a first-time college student, you must give us proof of all your sources of family income. We must have documents on file verifying the total yearly amount of income from all sources, taxable and non-taxable. Students who are considered dependent for financial aid purposes need to provide income documents for themselves as well as parents. Please understand that we may request additional information after receiving your FAFSA, tax returns, and other documents listed here, if necessary to finalize your eligibility.

Send required documents to the EOP Office. Please note that if the Financial Aid Office has copies of income documents, the EOP Office does not need a second copy.

Academic Guidelines

First-time students must have documents on file with the Admissions Office showing they meet at least one of the following as evidence of academic under-preparedness:

  • Have graduated from an accredited high school:
    • with an average of 85-70, or
    • in a vocational program, or
    • lacking college preparatory coursework in academic areas required for the college major area (i.e., math and science courses).
  • Possess a high school equivalency diploma (GED).
  • Be a non-high school graduate enrolled in the Ability to Benefit Program, which allows eligible students to receive a GED by successfully completing 24 college credits.

Other evidence of under-preparedness may also be given consideration, such as a requirement for prerequisite academic or developmental coursework as a result of basic skills testing.