EOP Gives Potential Students an Advantage at Genesee Community College

Have you thought about attending college but aren’t sure if you’re college material? Have you always wanted to get a college degree but wondered how to find the resources? Did you miss the fall semester and don’t want to wait until fall 2007 to enroll in college? Genesee Community College may be able to help you with these concerns and also to obtain a college education through the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), which has received an increase in funding for 2006-2007. The increase will allow higher per student funding for student aid and academic support for the coming spring 2007 semester.

“The EOP is a great way for disadvantaged students to pursue a college education,” said Katie Brown, Financial Aid Counselor at Genesee Community College. “Although space is limited in the program, we have been able to give direct aid to ninety students on a first come, first served basis.”

The State University of New York’s Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) provides access, academic support, and financial aid to students who show promise for performing college-level work, but who may otherwise not be admitted. Offered primarily to full-time freshmen who are New York State residents, EOP accepts students who qualify, academically and economically, for the program. To be eligible for admission to the EOP, students must be a New York State resident for 12 months prior to enrollment, ineligible for admission under traditional standards but demonstrate potential for completing a college program, and in need of financial assistance within legislated income guidelines.

Although the EOP is not a financial aid program and therefore cannot pay tuition or housing costs, the supplemental grant can be used for college-related expenses such as books and supplies. In addition, the EOP helps subsidize a portion of the college’s extensive tutoring program, including a dedicated tutor for EOP students. Tutoring is just one benefit of the College’s Student Support Services, which provides academic advisement, transfer assistance, personal and career counseling, financial aid information, and a host of other services to students.

If you would like to apply for EOP assistance, register online at www.genesee.edu or contact Katie Brown, Financial Aid Counselor at Genesee Community College, at (585) 343-0055 x6268 or by email at kmbrown@genesee.edu. The 2007 spring semester starts January 16, 2007.