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Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at Purchase College, SUNY provides an opportunity for a college education for students who have not reached their academic potential because of limited financial resources and inadequate academic preparation. EOP at Purchase has a committed, dedicated staff who are eager to help students succeed.

Admissions Process
Admission to the Educational Opportunity Program is not based solely on traditional admission criteria. If the candidate is academically and economically eligible and demonstrates strong motivation for a college education, he or she will be interviewed by a member of the EOP staff. In addition, applicants to the Conservatory Art Programs must pass an audition, interview or portfolio review.

Pre-College Orientation Program
All first-time students must attend our pre-freshmen summer orientation program. This mandatory program is approximately one week in duration. Its primary focus is to orient the student to EOP and begin to familiarize the student with Purchase College.

The Application Process
Students who submit an application for admission to the State University of New York and who answer "yes" to the Educational Opportunity Program question on the application will be considered EOP applicants. Applicants who are academically eligible for admission will be invited to attend an interview. Students should apply as early as possible as EOP is a limited-enrollment program.

Before an admission decision is rendered, the following information must be filed:

  • Purchase College, EOP Economic Eligibility Form - All transfer applicants must submit transcripts from all previously attended colleges and verification of their EOP/HEOP/SEEK status at the colleges.
  • A signed photocopy of Parent's 1040 Income Tax Form, or if the source of income is from an agency such as Social Security or Social Services, a letter from the agency stating the total amount received in the year prior to admission.
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

When a student has submitted all supporting information a decision will be made regarding the student's admission. If you have any questions or would like further information about EOP at Purchase College please contact:

Educational Opportunity Program
735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, New York 10577
Phone: (914)251-6520
Fax: (914)251-6526

Income Guidelines

The following page contains the Educational Opportunity Program’s economic eligibility guidelines for academic year 2016-17. This set of guidelines applies to all applicants for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017, are effective immediately and are to be used to review current applicants. They cannot be used for retroactive review of Spring 2016 students or to establish eligibility for any student enrolling prior to Fall 2016.

These guidelines are derived from the federal poverty guidelines released by the Office of Health and Human Services on February 1st, 2016 and will also be used for students entering SEEK/College Discovery in the City University and the Higher Education Opportunity Program in private institutions.

The income guidelines do not apply if:

  • You or your family receive payment from Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, Home Relief, Safety Net or Family Day Care through a New York State or County Department of Temporary and Disability Assistance, or Office of Children and Family Assistance;
  • 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.

SUNY Educational Opportunity Program

2016-2017 Income Eligibility Guidelines

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For households/families larger than 8, add $7,696 for each additional family person.

EOP Student Personal Services
EOP students are assigned a personal counselor who assists them with academic strategies and personal concerns. This is accomplished by student meetings with their counselor throughout the semester to discuss their progress, plans, goals, achievements, and related concerns.

Other Services

  • Tutoring: peer tutors will be provided for students having difficulties in any of their courses.
  • Academic Advisement: Advising for course selection and graduation pursuit is provided as a supplement to the student's faculty advisor.
  • Career Services: Assistance is provided in examining career interests and abilities in terms of educational and employment alternatives.

Financial Aid Assistance
Students are assisted in meeting educational costs and balancing limited resources. Assistance is also given in the Financial Aid application process. Federal and State sources of aid are available to help the student meet the cost of attending college. Educational Opportunity Program grants are given to most students enrolled in the EOP program. An applicant who qualifies for EOP may receive aid for up to ten semesters through a combination of grants and loans backed by federal and state agencies.

2016-17 EOP Supplemental Application