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Educational Opportunity Program

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) was created to allow students to be admitted to college who would not normally be able to attend. The program is for those who have are both educationally and financially in need of assistance, who would not be able to be in college without help from the program.

To be eligible for admission to EOP, a student must: be a New York State resident with a high school diploma or its equivalent. They must be ineligible for admission under normal standards, but able to show, to the campus EOP admissions' committee, potential for completing a college program and be in need of financial assistance as defined by the New York State Department of Education. The Office of Enrollment Services, the Office of Financial Aid and the EOP Office jointly determine eligibility.

The EOP helps the students in the program with a variety of support services including tutoring, personal counseling, academic advisement, career advisement, financial aid, and workshops on study habits to help with their academic development and achievement.

To assist enrolled program students in meeting their college costs, financial aid packages are provided on an individual basis. The financial aid package for each student is determined by the Financial Aid Office based on need and financial background. Students enrolled in EOP must apply for both state and federal financial aid, with the balance of the students' college costs met through EOP funds, work study and/or loans.

Interested applicants must file the SUNY Application for Admission and must specify on the SUNY application, their interest in the EOP program.

Are Transfer Students Eligible?
Transfer students are eligible if they have been enrolled in EOP, HEOP (Higher Educational Opportunity Program), SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge), or a similar program, at their previous college, for the educationally and economically disadvantaged. If no EOP or similar program existed at the previous college at the time the applicant attended, or if EOP was not requested, the applicant should contact the transfer college.

What Conditions Must Be Met to Be Admitted?
To be considered for EOP admission at the College at Old Westbury, BOTH financial eligibility criteria AND academic eligibility criteria must be met.

EOP Staff

Elizabeth Ahmed
Building: CC, Room: K-110
Phone: 876-3068

Lisa L. Lyons
Building: CC, Room: K-110
Phone: 876-3068

Ana Martinez
Building: CC, Room: K-110
Phone: (516) 876-3068
E-mail: MartinezA@Oldwestbury.Edu

Eliliana Martinez
Senior EOP/FA Coordinator
Building: CC, Room: H-100a
Phone: (516) 876-3068
E-mail: MartinezE@Oldwestbury.Edu

Alonzo L. McCollum
Building: CC, Room: K-110
Phone: (516) 876-3068
E-mail: MccollumA@Oldwestbury.Edu

Karen M. Morency
Senior Counselor
Building: CC, Room: K-110
Phone: (516) 876-3068
E-mail: MorencyK@Oldwestbury.Edu

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