EOP Admissions Information

While a potential student’s academic record is an important factor in the admissions process, grades alone do not necessarily predict how successful a person will be in a college setting.

Our Arthur O. Eve Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is dedicated to offering higher education opportunities to New York State high school graduates and GED recipients who may not meet our regular admission criteria, but who nevertheless demonstrate the capacity to be successful at SUNY Cobleskill.

The details of the admission process for EOP candidates can be found by clicking on the sections below.

To Qualify as an Incoming Freshman

You must:

To Qualify as a Transfer Student

You must:

  • Have participated in the EOP/HEOP or SEEK program, or in the College Discovery Program, at your previous or current college
  • Check question 49 on the SUNY application as a previous member of one of these programs


Students who would like to be considered for EOP must state that they wish to do so on their SUNY application. This will notify the College of your desire and the usual $50 application fee will be waived pending your admission into an EOP program.

You will also be prompted to submit the SUNY Supplemental EOP Data Form PDF as part of your application; this form will also be available via your student applicant portal. Once we have received your application it will be reviewed from an academic standpoint, then your financial status will be verified for EOP admission.

Applicants to the program who meet our minimum academic requirements will then be considered for further review. This does not, however, guarantee admission to the College.

Eligible freshman applicants will be sent a packet of information, including an EOP Financial Eligibility form. This form must be fully completed and returned to the Financial Aid Office. Submitting an incomplete form will delay the process.

Applicants who are deemed to be academically eligible will be sent a letter informing them of the next steps to take.

Note: The EOP Data Form is only for students applying to the College as freshmen.

An applicant's financial eligibility for EOP is determined by taking into account the income received by each member of the applicant’s household. You may also want to visit our Financial Aid section. 

The Financial Review Process

This stage requires you to submit a number of documents detailing your household’s financial situation. Depending on what you report on your EOP Data Form, the following documents may be requested:

  • EOP Financial Eligibility form: This worksheet provides us with a number of pieces of information regarding your family.
  • Completed FAFSA: A completed, official FAFSA must be received from the Federal Processor for the academic year.  We cannot begin your financial review until we have received this item. 
  • Federal Tax Return Transcript:  Unless your family is able to use the IRS Data Retrieval Tool (IRSDRT) to complete the financial section of the FAFSA, we will need a copy of your parent's signed federal tax return transcript. While we can begin the review process with a copy of the required tax returns, we must have the transcript or IRSDRT information in order to complete the process. Parent signature is required on the 2nd page.
  • Non-filing statement: If your parent(s) indicate that they are not filing taxes for the requested year, an IRS form 4506T* must be filed. The documentation received from the IRS will then need to be forwarded to the Financial Aid Office.
    * This form needs to be submitted even if you didn’t file a return. The document received from the IRS will serve to verify that you did not submit a tax return for the requested year.
  • Form W-2: We will need a copy of all relevant W-2s.
  • Form 1099: We will also need copies of all 1099 forms you’ve received, such as those regularly issued to recipients of social security benefits.
  • Dependency Override: Complete this form if you indicated that you reside with a legal guardian. Please note that a letter of support will be needed for all eligible students that complete the Dependency Override form.
    • This letter must be on official letterhead and state the reason for the involuntary dissolution of the family.
    • It must also contain a certification that in the third party’s opinion, it was in the student’s best interest (physical, mental or other) to leave the home environment.
  • Income Documentation: You will need to provide documents that show the amounts you may have received from all of the following that apply to you :
    • Social Services Compensation
    • Supplemental Security Income
    • Unemployment Compensation
    • Child Support
  • Schedule CIf your parent owns a business, a copy of Schedule C must be sent along with 1040.
    • If Gross Receipts on Schedule C are $50,000 or more, we will also need previous 2 years 1040 and Schedule C. If Gross Receipts on those previous 1040s are also $50,000 or more,  the student is deemed not historically disadvantaged.
    • If the Gross Receipts are below $50,000, then at the approval of the Financial Aid Office the student will be admitted.
  • Tax documentation: We will need signed copies of your income tax returns for the previous two years. These become useful if you want to show that the current year’s income is extraordinarily high as compared to that of prior years. 
  • Family Budget and Resource Statement: This form will need to be filed if you have indicated on your data form and/or FAFSA that your household income is zero.
  • Verification of size of household: This form will be sent when there is a discrepancy in the documentation you have furnished as to the number of individuals in your household.


Please note: The above-listed forms are for Freshman applicants ONLY. There are different documentation requirements for Transfer Students.

Important Information

Since we have a limited number of seats for the program and receive hundreds of applications every year, it’s not possible for admissions to admit every student. Once the program is filled, a waitlist will be created. To be placed on the waitlist, you will need to notify the EOP Office.

Keep in mind, the process of applying for the EOP program can be a stressful journey. There may be many steps involved.  Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you’re confused or need additional information. We have Admissions and Financial Aid professionals here to assist you throughout the entire process. 

Our friendly EOP staff are an active part of this process and may contact you if items are missing from your application.


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