Graduate Tuition Opportunity Program
The Graduate Tuition Opportunity Program is funded by a special appropriation from the State University of New York coupled with significant funding from the University at Albany. GTOP provides full tuition scholarship support to former EOP (Educational Opportunity Program), HEOP (Higher Educational Opportunity Program), and SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge) program graduates. All three programs provide academic and financial support to economically and educationally disadvantaged undergraduate students at public institutions of higher education (EOP), private or independent colleges or universities (HEOP), and City University of New York colleges and universities (SEEK).
The University at Albany’s GTOP is designed to continue the educational pipeline for eligible students that desire to earn a graduate degree. Applicants must be:
- New York State residents,
- be formally admitted into a graduate degree program at the University at Albany,
- maintain full-time status, and
- register for 9 graduate credits per semester during the academic year.
During the summer session, the GTOP award can only support students admitted into an advanced standing graduate program that requires summer coursework. Additionally, students requiring no more than 6 graduate credits of summer coursework to complete degree requirements in the summer session will be considered for GTOP. Recipient’s eligibility for GTOP funding is restricted to a maximum of two years of support for Master’s degree study and an additional two years of support for students pursuing doctoral study. Doctoral students who enter the University at Albany without advanced standing are limited to four years of support. Doctoral students who enter with a Master’s degree or beyond may receive three years of support.
Continuation of GTOP support requires that a recipient maintain good academic standing and demonstrate satisfactory academic progress toward degree completion. GTOP is not an entitlement program. Being eligible for the program does not automatically ensure participation for each applicant. The University at Albany has determined the best use of the limited GTOP funds. The funds will support eligible students who have recently finished their undergraduate degrees. These students have not entered the workforce for any length of time to finance their graduate education. Hence, they represent the historical intent and purpose of GTOP. GTOP lacks the resources to fund a second master’s degree, non-degree study, or a graduate certificate program of less than 30 credit hours. Additional information can found in the GTOP brochure.
To initiate the application procedure for the GTOP tuition scholarship, students must submit a GTOP Application Form and a GTOP Certification of Participation Eligibility Form to the Office of Graduate Education, UAB 121. The completed Certification of Participation Eligibility Form is held on file and only needs to be completed once. Whereas, the GTOP application form must be submitted for each academic year of eligibility. Both forms must be returned to the Office of Graduate Education at least one month prior to the start of the initial semester for which funding is requested. For returning students, the GTOP Application Form must be submitted by April 15th for the next academic year. Late applications will be placed on a wait-list and funded only if funds become available.