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Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is a program of academic support and financial assistance for students who demonstrate the potential for success, but whose academic and financial circumstances would normally not provide that educational opportunity. EOP is a limited enrollment program, and it does not require a separate application. Students are reviewed for EOP eligibility by the Financial Aid Office at the time their first financial aid package is completed. Students must be admitted to EOP their first semester. Students who plan to transfer later to another college as an EOP or HEOP student must be accepted into the EOP program at SCCC during their first semester.

If eligible, students may receive an EOP award for up to six semesters at a two year college. The average EOP award has been $275.00 per academic year.

Income Guidelines

The table below lists financial eligibility requirements for EOP admission for students entering the 2014-15 academic year. 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 $21,590
2 $29,101
3 $36,612
4 $44,123
5 $51,634
6 $59,145
7 $66,656
8 $74,167*

* Plus $7,511 for each additional family member in excess of eight.

Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

New York State residents who are full-time matriculated students may qualify for the Tuition Assistance Program. For eligible students, awards range from a minimum of $500 to a maximum of $3,384 per year.

It is the student's responsibility to obtain and complete the necessary application form for the Tuition Assistance Program. Students begin the application process with the FAFSA. They will be mailed an Express TAP Application for their review and signature. Any student who does not receive the application by the end of May may obtain one from New York State Higher Education Services Corporation by calling 1-888-697-4372. Applications should be filed as soon as they are received by the student. Students must reapply each year. Additional information on TAP regulations and student eligibility requirements are available at http://www.hesc.ny.gov

Minimum Academic Eligibility Standards for NYS TAP Awards:

This table illustrates SUNY's minimum standards for pursuit of program and satisfactory progress for purposes of determining eligibility for New York State financial aid. To be eligible for state awards, both standards must be satisfied. In addition, the student must be matriculated and in good academic standing as defined by the College, and the student must be taking a minimum of 12 credits per semester in courses that satisfy requirements in the students academic program. If a student is repeating a course that was previously completed with a passing grade, that course cannot be counted for purposes of New York State awards.

1 - TAP Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for 2014-15.  Applies to nonremedial Associates Degree students who first received TAP or other NYS Aid in 2010-11 and thereafter.

Before Being Certified
for This Semester Payment

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

1. For Pursuit of a Program of Study
A student must have completed this number
of credit hours in the preceding semester*



0



6



6



9



9



12

2. For Satisfactory Progress
A student must have earned at least this
many credit hours
With at least this
grade point average (G.P.A.)



0

0



6

1.3



15

1.5



27

1.8



39

2.0



51

2.0

2 - TAP Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Associates Degree Students first receiving TAP in 2007-08 through and including 2009-10 and remedial students first receiving TAP or other NYS Aid in 2007-08 and thereafter**

Before Being Certified
for This Semester Payment

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

1. For Pursuit of a Program of Study
A student must have completed this number
of credit hours in the preceding semester*



0



6



6



9



9



12

2. For Satisfactory Progress
A student must have earned at least this
many credit hours
With at least this
grade point average (G.P.A.)



0

0



3

0.5



9

0.75



18

1.3



30

2.0



45

2.0

* A grade of "W" or "FX" does not constitute credit completed.
The requirements above are for full time students and would be prorated for part time students eligible for APTS or part time TAP.

** Under certain circumstances, students may qualify for the TAP Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress 2 if they meet the criteria to be considered a “remedial student”. A “remedial student” is defined as a student: (a) whose scores on a recognized college placement exam or nationally recognized standardized exam indicated the need for remediation for at least two semesters, as certified by the College and approved by the State Education Department (SED); or (b) who was enrolled in at least six semester hours of non-credit remedial courses, as approved by SED, in the first term they received a TAP award; or (c) who is or was enrolled in an opportunity program (EOP, HEOP, SEEK).  Students who meet the definition of “remedial student” will need to meet the academic standards in chart 2.

Waiver

Provisions have been made for students who do not meet the requirement for program pursuit and/or academic progress to apply for a one-time only waiver. According to SED waiver guidelines, a student may ask for and receive a one-time waiver if the student can document that extraordinary or unusual circumstances prevented him/her from achieving the above-described minimum standards. Waiver requests are available in the Office of Academic Services.

Aid for Part-Time Study (APTS)

Applicants must be undergraduate New York State residents enrolled for three to 11 semester credits. Students must be in good academic standing, which includes at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average. In addition, students are not eligible for APTS if they have utilized all semesters of eligibility in the TAP program. If a student was claimed or was eligible to be claimed as a tax dependent, the New York State net taxable income for the family (parents, student and spouse) can be up to $50,500. If a student was not eligible to be claimed as a tax dependent, the New York State net taxable income of the student and spouse together can be up to $34,250.

Annual awards at Schenectady County Community College can range up to $2,000. Students seeking assistance for part-time study must complete the FAFSA and the APTS application available in the SCCC Financial Aid Office.

New York National Guard Tuition Incentive Program

The New York National Guard Tuition Incentive Program will pay up to the full cost of tuition at the College to eligible Army or Air National Guard members who meet the following conditions:

  • New York State resident
  • Matriculated student in a degree program
  • Enrolled for at least 6 credits per semester
  • Must have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.0
  • Applicants must apply for all available tuition assistance grants
  • Applicants must be approved by their National Guard units.

Financial Aid Grant Assistance for Non-New York State Residents

Students who are NOT New York State residents may be eligible for scholarships and/or grants through their home states. Non-New York State residents are encouraged to review the following web site in order to research specific information about grants and scholarships from their state: http://www.collegescholarships.org/grants/state.htm

Assistance for Native Americans

Students who are members of one of the several Indian tribes located within New York State, and who are residents of a reservation, may be eligible to apply for one of these grants. Information and/or applications may be obtained from

    Native American Education Unit
    New York State Department of Education
    Education Building Unit
    Albany, New York 12234

Important: Effective September 1, 1981, all students who receive state awards must be pursuing a program of study and making satisfactory progress toward the completion of the program's academic requirements.

 

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