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Financial Aid Criteria

Qualifying for admission to the Educational Opportunity Program is based on two sets of criteria. One set assesses a candidate's academic preparation; the other set is related to the financial resources of a candidate's family. Both take into account the factors, which have placed some individuals at a disadvantage in terms of academic readiness for college and a family's ability to pay for college.

To be eligible to participate in the Educational Opportunity Program, you should:

Application Fee:

The application fee of $40 per campus choice is waived for those eligible for EOP admission. However, if you are found ineligible, you will be billed for the fee. Ineligible applicants may still qualify for traditional admission and financial aid.

Transfers

You are eligible for EOP as a transfer student provided you have been enrolled in EOP, College Discovery, HEOP (Higher Education Opportunity Program), SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge) or a similar academic and financial support 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 college to which you are transferring of your interest.

You will also need to provide verification that you were in an EOP, College Discovery, HEOP (Higher Education Opportunity Program), SEEK (Search for Education, Elevation and Knowledge) or a similar academic and financial support program at your previous college.  Your previous program may write a letter addressed to the Binghamton University Office of Admissions to include the following information.

This letter should be signed by the Program Director and the designated Financial Aid Officer.  You may also find a form below.

EOP Transfer Verification Form: MSWord Document | Adobe PDF Document

Income Guidelines

The table below lists financial eligibility requirements for EOP admission for students entering the fall 2012 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.

Household Size
(including head of household)
Total Annual Income in
Previous Calendar Year
1 $20,665
2 $27,991
3 $35,317
4 $42,643
5 $49,969
6 $57,295
7 $64,621
8 $71,947*

* Plus $7,326 for each additional family member in excess of eight.

Income Guidelines Do Not Apply If:


 

Link to Financial Aid
Link to Admissions
TAP or http://www.tapweb.org/totw/
Perkin Loans (info and promissory note)
Direct Loans
BU Brain

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Last Updated: 2/9/13