SUNY Jefferson

Educational Opportunity Program

Jefferson Community College's Educational Opportunity Program serves as a primary vehicle for increasing access to college, student retention and degree completion of Northern New York's historically underserved students. We commit to providing timely access to academic, personal and social support services assisting in the matriculation, retention and graduation of SUNY Jefferson Community College's EOP students.

Support services

  • Individual and academic counseling
  • Educational and career planning
  • Financial advisement
  • Financial assistance
  • Pre-freshman summer extended orientation program


First-time students

A first-time college student must meet academic and financial guidelines to be considered for EOP admission.

Transfer students

Applicants entering Jefferson who previously attended another institution are eligible for EOP only if they are residents of New York State and have been enrolled in a similar post-secondary opportunity program such as EOP, HEOP, SEEK, or College Discovery.

Verification of previous status is required. The EOP Transfer Applicant Information sheet must be completed and returned in order to request EOP verification from a previous college.

Current and returning students

Students are eligible for EOP only if they were previously admitted to Jefferson as EOP students.


How to apply

All applicants should complete the Jefferson Community College Application on-line and answer the appropriate question to indicate your interest in EOP.  This will begin the process for program consideration.  Academic eligibility is determined by the campus and is based on the applicant's high school records, standardized test scores (SAT, ACT) and the college's placement test scores.  First-time college students must meet both academic and income guidelines. Priority is given to applicants from historically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Applicants who meet the academic eligibility requirements and have been accepted to the college will receive instructions on how to access the EOP Supplemental Application and program requirements to further determine eligibility. Interviews (in-person or by phone) are required. The interview gives you an opportunity to learn more about EOP and have all of your questions answered.

Students accepted to Jefferson Community College are not automatically accepted to EOP. 

EOP Resources

The services offered include:

  • Pre-freshman Summer Program – A required orientation program introducing students to the college, to EOP, and to the support services available to help students reach their educational and career goals.
  • Tutoring program - Professional tutors to help students in academic coursework at no cost to EOP student.
  • General academic advisement - Counselors are available to assist the student in identifying interests, abilities, and expectations, and to help students plan and reach their degree and transfer goals.
  • Supplemental assistance grant - A direct aid grant to eligible EOP students based on need for books and educationally related expenses. Awards range from $200 to $300 per academic year.
  • EOP/HEOP Transfer - Eligibility for transfer as an undergraduate to participating New York State colleges and universities as an (H)EOP student.
  • Extended TAP - Up to 10 semesters of TAP (New York State Tuition Assistance Program) based on need.

Q:  Does the EOP office which provides disability-related IEP accommodations?

A: No. EOP and disabilities accommodations are separate services. Information on disabilities services at the college may be found by calling 315-786-2288.

Q: Is EOP a financial aid program?

A: Not primarily. Although most students who receive EOP support do receive an additional direct aid grant, other support services from EOP are emphasized.

Q: Does EOP pay tuition and housing cost?

A: No. The EOP direct aid grant that students receive may be used for books and supplies or living expenses, but may not be used for tuition. Housing costs typically total far more than EOP direct aid. Other grants and loans are required to meet these expenses. It is also not possible for EOP to apply aid to housing deposits or application fees, which are due before excess financial aid comes to the student.

Q: Where can I get more information about the financial aid at Jefferson?

A: There is a lot of information call 315-786-2350.

Q: Is there additional information on financial planning and paying for college you can offer?

A: Students applying for or participating in EOP at Jefferson are encouraged to plan carefully for the financial side of college attendance. You can use our Financial services site, which contains much information on financial planning and choices for college students. You are strongly encouraged to come in and meet with EOP staff, or arrange a time to talk on the phone, if there is any way we can help you with understanding your financial aid award, what your college costs will be, and how to plan and budget for your college attendance.

Q: What kind of income documentation may be needed for EOP admission?

A: EOP applicants are required to provide the Financial Aid Office with documentation of family income to verify economic eligibility for admission to the program. We must receive proof of all income, including non-taxable income. All income documents must state the total received for the year. The following documentation may be required depending on the family's source(s) of income:

Types of Documentation that may be Required

To Document:empty We will need:
Taxable Income $4,Copies of completed IRS Forms 1040, 1040A, or 1040EZ with signatures, and W-2 forms. If family income is mostly from non-taxable sources, and income tax forms are not filed, we need proof of non-filing, obtained by filing form 4506-T with the IRS.
Unemployment 1099-G or equivalent statement
Nontaxable Income
Social Services Benefit statement from all County Department(s) of Social Services from which cash assistance was received
Social Security or SSI Form 1099 or statement from Social Security Administration of the Federal Government
Worker's Compensation Statement from appropriate agency Pensions, and/or or insurance company or VA non-educational benefits
Child Support Statement from County Child Support Collection Unit or copy of court document


Applying for EOP as a first-time student

To be eligible for EOP as a first-time college student, you must:

  • Be a New York State resident.
  • Complete and file an application for admission to Jefferson, and be admitted to a degree program.
  • Apply for financial aid by filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and Express TAP (Tuition Assistance Program) Applications.
  • Register as a full-time student (12 or more credits).
  • Meet academic and income guidelines (see below).

Eligibility for EOP does not guarantee admission to the program. EOP is a program funded and administered under the State University of New York, and the number of students approved to participate is limited. EOP admissions will be closed when we reach our maximum enrollment in the program for each semester. Priority for EOP admission is given to students who:

  1. Show evidence of historical educational and financial disadvantage.
  2. Demonstrate potential to be academically successful with EOP support.
  3. Complete application and income verification earliest.

We usually begin processing fall EOP applications in February or March, and spring applications in October. Although applications may be submitted through early August (for fall admission) or early January (for spring admission), students are encouraged to apply well in advance of these deadlines. Any applicant is encouraged to contact the EOP Office at any time with questions relating to EOP admission.

Jefferson EOP supplemental application

After filing the JCC Application for Admission, your next step in applying for EOP at Jefferson is to print, complete, sign, and return the supplemental application. JCC will not review eligibility and make an admission decision until it receives your EOP Supplemental Application.

Income guidelines

The table below lists financial eligibility requirements for EOP admission for students entering the 2018-19 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.

EOP Economic Eligibility Guidelines*

Academic Year 2018-19

Household Size (including head of household)


Total Annual Income in 2016 Calendar Year
1 $22,311
2 $30,044
3 $37,777
4 $45,510
5 $53,243
6 $60,976
7 $68,709
8 $76,442


*For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $7,733 for each additional person.

Income Guidelines Also Do Not Apply If...

  • 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;

  • The student is in foster care as established by the court;

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

Financial Eligibility Documentation for EOP Admission

In order for us to see that you are financially eligible for EOP as a first-time college student, you must provide proof of all your sources of family income. We must have documents on file verifying the total yearly amount of income from all sources, taxable and non-taxable. Students who are considered dependent for financial aid purposes need to provide income documents for themselves as well as parents. Please understand that we may request additional information after receiving your FAFSA, tax returns, and other documents listed here, if necessary to finalize your eligibility.

Required documents must be available at the Financial Aid Office.

Jefferson Community College EOP Academic Eligibility Qualifiers

First time applicants:

Have graduated from an accredited high school or GED/TASK program:

  • with an average of 72-83 or GPA below 2.5, or
  • Is lacking college preparatory coursework in academic areas required for the college academic program (i.e., math and science courses).
  • Remedial coursework determined by college placement test
    first student in the family to attend college
  • Possess a high school equivalency diploma (GED/TASK).
  • Other evidence of under-preparedness may also be given consideration, such as a requirement for pre-requisite academic or developmental coursework as a result of basic skills testing. 

Transfer applicants:

  • Were previously enrolled in EOP, HEOP, SEEK or College Discovery
  • Attended a college/university that did not provide opportunities programming

Returning students:

  • Students previously enrolled in EOP at Jefferson who have been removed from the program may petition to be reinstated. An EOP dismissal statement and interview will be required for consideration.

Deadlines for applying are early August for fall and early January for spring.


Complete the Jefferson Community College application.

  • Apply for a Federal PIN Number at (opens in a new window)
  • Complete and submit a FAFSA (Federal PELL) application at (opens in a new window)
     as soon as possible.  Jefferson’s Federal School Code is 002870
  • Complete and submit a New York State TAP application at (opens in a new window)
    as soon as possible.  Jefferson’s NYTAP code is 2220
  • Provide all income documentation to our Financial Aid Office
  • Complete and submit an autobiography to our EOP Office by June 1st
  • Complete a personal interview/class schedule with an EOP counselor before classes begin
  • Confirm and Attend both required EOP and Freshman Orientations (tentatively scheduled to begin in August, more info to follow)
  • Enroll full-time (12-16 credit hours) including the INT 102 course
  • Obtain your official class schedule
  • Verify your EOP book money amount with our EOP Office before purchasing your books
  • Purchase your textbooks after participation in the EOP Orientation
  • Questions, please contact the Admissions Office at (315) 786-2277 or (315) 786-6573


Educational Opportunity Program Expectations

  • Offered to matriculated FULL-TIME STUDENTS ONLY
  • Students must attend all of their classes each semester
  • New Students must meet with their EOP counselor for scheduled appointments. Continuing students in good standing are required to meet monthly or as specified by their EOP counselor
  • Students must attend schedule retention meetings and enrichment programming
  • Students must not withdraw from any courses without consulting with an EOP counselor, advisor, or administrator
  • Students must respond to correspondence received from the EOP office
  • Students must attend tutoring sessions unless otherwise specified an EOP advisor
  • Students must sign a student contract which outlines their responsibilities while participating in EOP
  • Failure to uphold the student’s responsibilities can result in removal from the program


Deans Collaborative Learning Center
Building 15, first floor, room 123a
(315) 786-2288

Rebecca Small-Kellogg
Dean of student success  

Genisis Balico
EOP counselor