Applications for the 2023 Residential Summer Institute are now being accepted, Please make sure that you follow all of the steps on this page to ensure that we receive a completed application. Please email or call 315-498-2352 if you need more information.

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) Application Process

If you wish to be considered for admission into the Educational Opportunity Program, please determine your residential, academic and income eligibility below. Once you have confirmed your eligibility, please complete steps 1-4 for review.

To be eligible for admission into the Educational Opportunity Program at Onondaga, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be a New York State resident for 12 months prior to enrollment;
  • Must be a first-semester student and participate in our Pre-Freshman Institute;
  • Must be educationally disadvantaged as determined by established EOP criteria;
  • Must have a GPA range of 70-84 (exceptions are allowed on a case by case basis)
  • Must demonstrate potential for completing a college program; and
  • Must be economically disadvantaged as determined by the state-established criteria for the Educational Opportunity Program as defined in the drop-down box below.

New York State has laid out specific income guidelines that dictate eligibility for the EOP program. Please review this info carefully. 

Household Size (including head of household) Total Annual Income in Previous Calendar Year
1 $23,606
2 $31,894
3 $40,182
4 $48,470
5 $56,758
6 $65,046
7 $73,334
8 $81,622*
*For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $8,288 for each additional person.
  • 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.

Step 1: Applying

Submit the EOP Application in addition to the OCC general admission application. Please note that all forms in relation to EOP are to be filled out electronically. 

Fill out the EOP Application

Step 2: Writing & Recommendations

Recommendation Form  Please have this form filled out by two adults who can speak on your behalf, such as a guidance counselor, a teacher, or a community organization advocate you have worked with. 

Submit your essay Please review the instructions below. They are also included on the form as well. 

Please write a 500 word essay (or longer) that includes some interesting things about yourself. You can talk about where you are from, your family, what you enjoyed about high school, what academic skills you would like to improve, what your hobbies are, what you would like to study and why, or even if you’re not sure what you want to study and why, and how you think EOP can help you reach those goals. We want to get to know you!

Step 3: Financial Info

Provide us with proof of the previous year’s income for everyone in the household using the

EOP Financial Information Form

You will need to provide the following documents the tax year to verify the information reported on the form.

If you reported: You must attach:
You are a non-U.S. citizen and a permanent resident Form I-551 (Alien Registration Card)
You are in foster care Letter or court document from the gov't, courts, private agency responsible for your support
You are a ward of the court or county Letter or court document from the gov't, courts, private agency responsible for your support
You are an emancipated minor or in legal guardianship Court order or legal document
You are married Certificate of Marriage
You are on active duty Military orders
You are a U.S. veteran Form DD214
You have been determined to be homeless

- Homeless youth determination from your high school or school district homeless liaison or

- Homeless youth determination from the director of an emergency shelter or transitional housing program funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development or

- Homeless youth determination from the director of a runaway or homeless youth basic center or transitional living program 

Income from wages, tips, dividends, interest, rental, business profits

If tax return filed:

- IRS form 1040 including all schedules or official transcript of tax returns

If no tax return filed:

- Forms W-2 or 1099 and

- IRS Verification of Non-Filing Letter


Can retrieve these documents via the IRS.

Income from disability benefits, a pension, annuity, or unemployment benefits

- Letter from the appropriate institution stating applicable year's total award (if not already reported on a tax return)

- Disabilities statement

Child support, maintenance, or alimony Signed affidavit, court order or legal document indicating amount of child support and/or alimony
Public assistance A signed letter from the agency stating applicable year's total award and names of recipients
Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, or Veterans Noneducation Benefits SSA Form 1099 or letter from the agency stating applicable year's total award for each member of the household including names of individuals
No income

- IRS Verification of Non-Filing Letter

- You may be contacted for additional information

Unusual circumstances Notarized letters, statements, death certificates, etc. that corroborate claims


Step 4: Interview

Students that have submitted all of their application materials will be contacted in the spring to schedule an interview with the EOP Director.  Please note: Only students that have completed steps 1-3 will be contacted for a final interview.

Interview Scheduling

Please email if you have any questions about the information here.