The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), like Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge (SEEK) in CUNY and Higher Education Opportunity Programs (HEOP) at private institutions, was established in 1967 to fulfill New York State's commitment to access to higher education. EOP combines access, academic support, and supplemental financial assistance to make higher education possible for students who have the potential to succeed, despite poor preparation and limited financial resources. EOP now exists on 45 campuses in the State University of New York (SUNY). Today, EOP graduates from SUNY number more than 45,000. Among their number are physicians, teachers, scientists, engineers, attorneys, artists, entrepreneurs, and public servants. A significant majority of EOP graduates stay, work, and pay taxes in New York. This is a huge return on investment to the New York State economy.
EOP provides a vehicle for admission to college for those who need it. EOP also provides invaluable counseling and tutoring support services to students whose economic and educational circumstances have already placed them at a disadvantage. EOP provides all participants with a counselor who has the sole responsibility of providing academic and personal support to program students.
Also an essential and critical service provided to all EOP students. Considering the backgrounds of EOP students, tutoring services are above and beyond what the campus normally offers.
EOP students are also provided with Direct Aid funds to assist with college expenses excluding tuition. Direct Aid awards play a small, but nonetheless crucial role in completing the student financial aid package.