To be eligible for admission to the Arthur O. Eve Opportunity for Higher Education Program you must be a New York State resident for 12 months prior to enrollment; ineligible for admission under regular admissions standards, but demonstrate potential for completing a college program; and in need of financial assistance with in established income guidelines (see below). In selecting students for the program, priority is given to applicants from historically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Fee Waiver

Both freshman and transfer (prior enrollment in similar program at previous college required) applicants to EOP may qualify for an application fee waiver.


You are eligible for EOP as a transfer student provided you have been enrolled in EOP, College Discovery, HEOP, SEEK, or a similar 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 Office of Admissions.

EOP Financial Eligibility

The table below lists financial guidelines for EOP admission for students entering the Fall 2022 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.

SUNY Income Guidelines


Household Size (including head of household) Income
1 $23,828
2 $32,227
3 $40,626
4 $49,025
5 $57,424
6 $65,823
7 $74,222
8 $82,621*

*For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $8,399 for each additional person.


  • The student’s family is the recipient of Family Assistance or Safety Net payments through 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; or
  • The student lives in foster care as established by the court; or
  • The student is a ward of the state or county.