Educational Opportunity Program

What is the Educational Opportunity Program?

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) provides services to talented students whose educational and economic circumstances may limit their college opportunities. EOP students receive services such as:

  • individual and academic counseling
  • educational and career planning
  • financial advisement
  • tutorial assistance and study skills classes
  • financial assistance, adjusted according to financial need


To be eligible for admission into the Educational Opportunity Program at Onondaga, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a New York State resident for 12 months prior to enrollment;
  • Must be a first-semester student;
  • Must be educationally disadvantaged as determined by established EOP criteria;
  • Must demonstrate potential for completing a college program; and
  • Must be economically disadvantaged as determined by the state-established criteria for the Educational Opportunity Program as defined below.
Household Size Total Annual Income
1 $21,257
2 $28,694
3 $36,131
4 $43,568
5 $51,005
6 $58,442
7 $65,879
8 $73,316
9 $80,753
10 $88,190
11+ $95,627
+$7,437 for each family member
in excess of 11 persons

How to Apply

Complete and return the EOP application (.pdf), along with two letters of recommendation (.pdf) and proof of your household income for the preceding tax year.

Please supply the proof of the previous year’s income (examples of acceptable documentation are on the back of the application) for everyone in the household.

If you have any questions about applying to EOP or if you need an EOP application and checklist, call our Educational Opportunity Program office.

In order to be accepted to the EOP program you must also be accepted to the College.

Application Deadlines

There are a limited number of openings in EOP, so start your application process early. The sooner you complete your OCC application and all other application requirements, the better your chance of being accepted. It takes several weeks for financial aid to be approved, so be sure to submit your forms at least three months before you plan to start college.


Educational Opportunity Program