EOP

Educational Opportunity Program 

To qualify for admission to the University at Albany's Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), you must be a New York State resident, possess a high school diploma or its equivalent, and meet the academic and financial eligibility requirements outlined below. Be sure to check "yes" on the EOP indicator on your admissions application. EOP applicants are not required to pay the application fee.

Academic Eligibility:

Listed below are the academic requirements for freshman admission to UAlbany's EOP program. Applicants are required to submit an official high school transcript or an official General Equivalency Diploma (GED) score report. In addition, all freshman applicants must submit their SAT or ACT exam scores. UAlbany's academic guidelines are as follows:

Grade point average (GPA): Between 80 and 89
SAT (Critical Reading + Math): 900-1090, minimum of 400 on Critical Reading

Transfer students are eligible for EOP admission only if they have been enrolled previously in an EOP, HEOP, SEEK, College Discovery program or similar academic and financial support program at their previous college and all institutions attended. If you are transferring, you must also submit verification of your status as a previous EOP-type student. A minimum of an overall 2.5 grade point average is required for all EOP transfer students.

For Transfer EOP Applicants ONLY: Print T3 Verification Form
To check the status of your EOP application, please contact Hank Shuford, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, at (518) 442-5435.

Financial Eligibility:

In order to be enrolled as an EOP student at the University at Albany, you must apply for financial aid (which is awarded on the basis of family need), be financially eligible, and meet the income guidelines below. This eligibility is determined by the Financial Aid Office. For this reason, you need to submit the following documents:

1. Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). This form is available from your high school guidance office or online at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov and should be filed as soon as possible. For faster response we encourage you to file the FAFSA online. Please be sure to include the University at Albany's code (002835).

2. New York State Tuition Assistance Application (TAP). Mail this form to New York State Higher Education Services Corporation, 99 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12255. The University at Albany TAP Code is 0895.

3. Submit the UAlbany Freshman EOP Supplemental Information Form, which will be mailed to you after the academic review process. Return the form in the pre-addressed business reply envelope provided.

4. Signed copies of student's and parents' Federal Income Tax Returns (1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ) with any schedules they were required to file for the preceding year.

5. Documentation of all benefits received in the preceding academic year from Social Services, Social Security, unemployment, pensions, etc.

EOP Income Guidelines:

The income guidelines below have been approved by the Regents and are in effect for determining the eligibility of students first entering college in Fall 2014.

Total Annual Income

Household Size Income
1 $21,590
2 $29,101
3 $36,612
4 $44,123
5 $51,634
6 $59,145
7 $66,656
8 $74,167*

*Add $7,511 for each additional household / family member in excess of eight.

Exceptions to Income Guidelines:

1. 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 Family Day Care payments through the New York State Office of Children and Family Assistance.

2. The student lives with foster parents who do not provide support for college and the student's natural parents provide no such support.

3. The student is a ward of the state or county.

Income includes all taxable funds received by the household for general use. Funds may come from sources such as wages, dividends, interest, social security, disability pensions, veteran's benefits and unemployment benefits.

The following does not constitute income: Funds received for educational purposes from sources such as social security, veteran's cost of educational benefits, and educational grants from the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation; Social Services or Public Assistance payments received through Aid For Dependent Children, Home Relief or Family Day Care Programs.

Questions concerning these income guidelines can be directed to Hank Shuford, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions, at (518) 442-5435 or Jack Gendron in the Office of Financial Aid at (518) 442-3202.