Educational Opportunity Program


SUNY Ulster's Educational Opportunity Program provides academic support and financial aid to students who show promise for mastering college-level work. Offered primarily to full-time students who are New York State residents, EOP accepts students who qualify academically and financially for the program.

Learn more about eligibility as well as find quick access to forms.


To be eligible for admission to EOP you must be:

  • A New York State resident for 12 months prior to enrollment;
  • Require special admissions consideration; and
  • Qualify as economically disadvantaged according to the guidelines. In selecting students for the program, priority is given to applicants from historically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Note: Applicants deemed ineligible for EOP may still qualify for admission and financial aid through other admission processes.

Required Records

As part of the EOP admission process, your high school record and test scores (if required) will be reviewed, as well as information about clubs, hobbies, jobs and any other experiences which made an impact on your education. This information will help college counselors evaluate your potential for success in a college program.

Support Services

Educational Opportunity Program students may receive support services, such as academic, career, and personal counseling; tutoring and supplemental instruction. As part of a student's overall financial aid package, the Educational Opportunity Program provides financial assistance for non-tuition related expenses (e.g. books, supplies, etc.).

Foster Youth College Success Initiative

Under the Foster Youth College Success Initiative, foster youth are eligible for additional services and funding to assist with applying for, enrolling in and succeeding in college.


You are eligible for EOP as a transfer student provided you have been enrolled in EOP, College Discovery, HEOP (Higher Education Opportunity Program), SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge) or a similar academic and financial support program at your previous college. If your previous college did not have EOP or a similar program, you may be considered for transfer eligibility and should notify the college to which you are transferring of your interest. 

Income Guidelines 2023-2024

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.

****Total Annual Income 2021 Calendar Year

EOP Economic Eligibility Guidelines

Academic Year 2023-2024

Household Size

(including head of household)

Total Annual Income in

2020 Calendar Year*

















*For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $8,732 for each additional person.



  • 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, 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 is in foster care as established by the court;
  • or the student is a ward of the state or county.

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Todd Zeff, Dean of Student Success
Student Development
(845) 687-5197

Austin Singleton,  EOP Counselor
Tel 845-687-5120 | Fax 845-687-5172

EOP academic support staff

Mohammad Khan, EOP Student Aid
Math Tutor.

Shana Barnes, EOP Academic Specialist.

Emma Odell, EOP Student Aid
English Tutor

Debra Sprenger, EOP Professional Tutor

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